The Air Force Brass Quintet

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sorry all!  That last blog was a mess!  Try highlighting the text to see what it says.  There is also a link to check out!  Again, my apologies.  Still getting used to this blogging thing, ya'll!

US Army band

Hello all!  I have to admit that blogging is a task that I must stay on top of everyday it seems.  But that's okay because when it comes to military bands there is never a shortage of topics.  I thought I'd start by talking about the Army Band.  I have a few friends who joined this group and they are outstanding.  Here is a little blurb  from the Army Band website:

"Dating back over 230 years to the Revolutionary War, musicians have served a vital role in the Army by upholding tradition, entertaining our Soldiers, and serving as musical ambassadors of our nation. Today, the US Army is the oldest and largest employer of musicians in the world. With assignments around the world and a long list of benefits, the Army Bands Program offers talented musicians a unique opportunity to do what they do best — play music." 

The website is actually pretty cool.  They've got all you need to know eligibility requirements, auditions and benefits.  Read on Here to see more about what it takes to be in the Army Band.  

Monday, January 23, 2012

A German Brass Quintet

Hey all!  Still getting used to this blogging thing.  It sounds like a snap though.  I've already started following some people in class and I'm interested to see what comes up.  Today in class we talked about the history of brass quintets.  I definitely perked up with Prof. Manning talked about bands being used in war.  I'm thinking, "No way." But it made more sense when he said that they were used for calls and cadences.  Pretty sad about those guys though, being the first to die and all.  Geez... But let's not end on a sad note!  I've got a really hot BQ to talk about.  The Elbebech Brass Quintet is a German group.  I stumbled upon a recording of Quinetto Lirico they did and was blown away.  From the website they don't seem to have a lot of activity in the past year, but I think they're still worth checking out.  Make sure you translate the page.  Here is the link: Elbebech Brass   The last CD they put out in 2009 is called As Good As Bach.  It's got some great press--I'll have to check this one out.

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Second Blog

This is my second blog!  Still trying to figure things out.  All of a sudden computers got confusing.  I used to be young.....