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Postby nworbekim » Tue May 16, 2017 11:01 pm

AND I LOVED IT!!! i was invited to play in a quintet for a wedding and was nervous about it. i've never played that type of ensemble. we read thru the processional/recessional and then through some of the Canadian Brass books.

i had a great time and i'm hoping to get to go back. it's much more fun (challenging) than playing in a band...
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby the elephant » Tue May 16, 2017 11:16 pm

Like.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby bloke » Tue May 16, 2017 11:40 pm

nworbekim wrote:AND I LOVED IT!!! i was invited to play in a quintet for a wedding and was nervous about it. i've never played that type of ensemble. we read thru the processional/recessional and then through some of the Canadian Brass books.

i had a great time and i'm hoping to get to go back. it's much more fun (challenging) than playing in a band...


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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby windshieldbug » Wed May 17, 2017 12:09 am

nworbekim wrote:AND I LOVED IT!!! i was invited to play in a quintet for a wedding and was nervous about it. i've never played that type of ensemble. we read thru the processional/recessional and then through some of the Canadian Brass books.

i had a great time and i'm hoping to get to go back. it's much more fun (challenging) than playing in a band...


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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Three Valves » Wed May 17, 2017 7:40 am

There is one tuba player for every major metropolitan symphony.

And one needed for every quintet.

I like those odds better!!
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Mark Finley » Wed May 17, 2017 7:59 am

Playing in a quintet is my favorite musical experience.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Tubajug » Wed May 17, 2017 9:10 am

Quintet playing is some of my favorite too! I've never been much for tuba solos, so quintets are like a solo within an ensemble. I think they're loads of fun! I'm glad you got to enjoy it too!
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby pauvog1 » Thu May 18, 2017 7:33 am

Awesome! I love quintet playing too :tuba:
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby chronolith » Thu May 18, 2017 9:43 am

A non-dramatic properly motivated artistically aware brass quintet is hard to beat as an experience for a tuba player. You control the rep, if you don't like the options you can write or arrange your own, no need for huge spaces to rent, easy to move around, relatively easy to get a few paying gigs, not much in the way of counting rests, perfect for experimenting with gear, beer tab is relatively low (some exceptions apply), no competition with other tuba players for intonation and balance, always a crowd pleaser indoors or out, and some of the best laughs and friendship there is to be had.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby bort » Thu May 18, 2017 10:10 am

I have only done a small amount of quintet playing, but I thought one of the best parts was being around 4 other people with similar interests and intentions. Playing in a band is such a mixed bag and varying degrees of seriousness and skill levels... but in a quintet, the super-exposure of each part really takes care of that in a hurry.

The only thing I don't like about quintets is those ridiculous quintets that use a bass trombone instead of a tuba. I mean, come on, isn't 1 trombone player enough? :P
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby chronolith » Thu May 18, 2017 11:09 am

bort wrote:The only thing I don't like about quintets is those ridiculous quintets that use a bass trombone instead of a tuba. I mean, come on, isn't 1 trombone player enough? :P


Fully agree. It's like giving a kid a nice pair of school slacks for Christmas.

One exception worth noting is Septura. Those guys are amazing.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby bloke » Thu May 18, 2017 2:34 pm

bort wrote:The only thing I don't like about quintets is those ridiculous quintets that use a bass trombone instead of a tuba. I mean, come on, isn't 1 trombone player enough? :P


' must commit to memory the thread title "my FIRST quintet experience"...

' gotta show this post to John R. at our first rehearsal next fall.
He'll be amused.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Highpitch » Thu May 18, 2017 4:12 pm

+1

When I was chasing my degree, I played euph in a double quintet.

We performed classic Frescobaldi, Gabreilli, eTc stuff as an antiphonal choir in a big church.

It was set up with two lofts, front & rear, and the sound was just divine if we did our part.

We played Saturday afternoons, and when the word got around we had almost as big a crowd as Sunday... :twisted:

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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sat May 20, 2017 12:19 am

nworbekim wrote:AND I LOVED IT!!! i was invited to play in a quintet for a wedding and was nervous about it. i've never played that type of ensemble. we read thru the processional/recessional and then through some of the Canadian Brass books.

i had a great time and i'm hoping to get to go back....


This (but I like playing in band too).

If your quintet becomes a regular thing, you might want to check out some of fellow TubeNetter Craig Garner's brass arrangements, on http://www.dorm40music.com. We play quite a few of these in our brass group. If you play in churches, he has some nice brass/organ arrangements too. I particularly like "Salvation is Created", "Hosanna Anthem" and Handel's "The Trumpet Shall Sound" (listen to it on the site and you'll see why :twisted: ). Tell them you heard about these on TubeNet.
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Re: my FIRST quintet experience

Postby Leland » Sat May 20, 2017 7:58 pm

My formative years on tuba were spent mostly in quintet and drum corps.

Yup, two widely different goals, but both demanded individual responsibility, and I've always liked having that responsibility.
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