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Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:15 pm
by timayer
If I sounded like that on a 4/4, I wouldn't play anything bigger either.

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:43 pm
by barry grrr-ero
Thank you for straightening me out on that topic. I'm wondering if Donald Blakeslee was the tuba player I was hearing on those recordings, or if he came on-board later.

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:47 pm
by Terraplane8Bob
I had the pleasure of being a classmate of Roger Bobo when I attended the Eastman School of Music in 1956-1961. It was amazing to me that a Freshman in our class was the tubist with The Rochester Philharmonic, but such was the talent of this amazing guy. Technically, Roger was a student of my instructor at ESM, Donald Knaub, who was the bass trombonist of the Philharmonic at the time. Many times during our lessons, Don would make reference to Roger and to the incredible talent he was. I have a reel-to-reel tape recording of Roger's concerto performance to earn the "Performer's Certificate" from ESM. He played the Vaughan Williams tuba concerto. For years I would play that tape to other musicians asking them to identify the instrument that was playing. Almost no one was able to do so because of the incredible sound and technical mastery that he managed to pull out of the tuba. Such power, such focus, such finesse ---- seemingly all without precedent. I remember when his beloved Heissner [sp.?] tuba literally wore out from use and he became the American "rep" for Mirafone. I bought a Mirafone "Bass Trumpet" from him [a tenor horn identical to the one that the "Lonely Boy" of the Mnozil Brass uses] and enjoyed it for years. It is still in my possession although I specialize on bass trombone and rarely play it. At one point, Roger showed up with a contrabass trombone that Mirafone made up for him. I recall him sitting in a concert with the ESM Symphony Band using that contrabass trombone which programmed a Clifton Williams piece, the title of which escapes me at the moment, and covering the entire ensemble with a couple of exposed pedal notes. Truly unbelieveable ! The next I heard of his use of that instrument was in the famous Leinsdorf/Wagner album on Capitol Records. Any accolades that you may have heard about Roger Bobo are well deserved !

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:11 pm
by 58mark
He might have played a miraphone at some point, but now he's playing this, and it sounds amazing

http://news.schagerl.com/index.php?cont ... anguage=en

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 11:09 pm
by The Big Ben
Mr. Bobo sounded badass doing C of V on Carson. You gear guys will have to say what instrument he's playing.

https://youtu.be/eyJkyi0BKPk

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 7:14 am
by bisontuba
The Big Ben wrote:Mr. Bobo sounded badass doing C of V on Carson. You gear guys will have to say what instrument he's playing.

https://youtu.be/eyJkyi0BKPk" target="_blank


B&S Symphonie F tuba....

Re: Roger Bobo

PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:42 pm
by Casca Grossa
I think that B&S is the same one that the valve section came apart while I saw him perform the RVW, Carnival, and an orginal work in NJ back in the 80's He still sounded incredible playing while holding the horn together with one hand.