Our tour to Houston this year was such a success. Performing at several high schools and then a nice meal at Cheesecake Factory to top it off.
We headed back to the music building and warmed up for our concert. We played great! Here is the program we played:
Fanfare James Kazik
Justin Allen, conductor
Three Motets Carlo Gesualdo
1. Ave Dulcissima Maria (1561-1613)
trans. Bradley Palmer
Justin Allen, conductor
Ecce veniet dies illa Giovanni Palestrina
ed. Stephen Gryč
Suite in F Gustov Holst
II. Song Without Words (1874-1934)
III. Song of the Blacksmith arr. Michael Swann**
Funeral March Edward Grieg
arr. Michael Swann**
Rainbow Connection Paul Williams (b. 1940)
and Kenneth Ascher (b. 1944)
Danny Williams**, conductor/arranger
Three Miniatures for a Giant for Robert Deahl Richard Birk
I. Peer Pleasure (b. 1960)
II. Lite Motive
III. Bob’s Rondo a la Birk
**SFA Trombone Choir Member
Stephen F. Austin State University
*Justin Allen, Klein
Michael Anderson, Sugarland
Kelly Barker, Rye
++David Carlsen, Fort Worth
Ashley Colgrove, Mesquite
Webb Gardner, Katy
Lacy LaForce, Big Sandy
+Megan Massarello, Cypress
Daniel Ramos, Fort Worth
David Robbins, Rusk
Ashley Scambray, Cypress
+Michael Swann, Plano
Jordan Torres, Anahuac
Dwight Watson, Wylie
Danny Williams, Dayton
+Samantha Williams, Mesquite
The concert went great! (except for that constant annoying Bolero solo from the exhibits in the background) We had a lot of positive feedback, even from Viento Sur!
Dr. Scott played a solo in the afternoon: Colloquy by Goldstein to kick off the faculty recital. Susan Wass accompanied.
Dinner was at Gardski’s Loft on Broadway:
We were blissfully unaware at that point of the incredible performance we were about to hear. We headed back to the music building for a concert by the Argentinian Trombone Quartet, Viento Sur. They had been at SFA in 2010. They were remarkable then, but their playing has risen to even new heights. They were astounding! After the concert, Kelly, Danny, and Dr. Scott hung with them at the jazz jam. It was great fun!
We all stayed up too late!–but still made it to another clinic by Dr. Rose about doubling:
We headed back to DFW, dropping some students, and then on to Lubbock. Fortunately, everyone got home safe.
The Trombone Choir met in Dallas for the first time in five weeks. We played a morning concert at John Horn H S–where Sam went to school. The choir played really well–especially considering that we were playing that concert after a five week break wtihout a rehearsal! The band directors, Mr.Todd Burke, and Mr. Scott Rives were very welcoming and supportive. We played a great concert and then talked to the HS students for a LONG time. They had many great questions.
Afterwards, we headed to the Ft. Worth zoo! It was the perfect downtime between concerts. It was really cold, so we spent a lot of time in the primate house where Danny became the target for an over-aggressive gorilla.
We then played a concert at Southwest HS in Ft. Worth. We played well and had a great question and answer session with the HS students. Mr. Dunn has consistently turned out awesome students with the best tone quality I’ve heard–yes, that’s you David C. and Daniel. Don’t get a big head. After this concert, we headed to the Ft. Worth iconic restaurant, Joe T. Garcia’s. We had an awesome relaxing dinner.
Afterwards, we drove to Waxahachie where we stayed in a great La Quinta right by the HS. We got up and played a concert for Waxahachie HS and middle school. Rich Armstrong and Jon Hinton were very welcoming to us as were the students–we got a standing ovation. We were happy, had been a little intimidated since they had been named the 4A honor band of Texas this year. The HS school students mingled with ours, and I met several very promising trombonists.
Made it to Lubbock just in time for the opening conference concert. Afterwards, a mass trombone choir sight read some new pieces. Dr. Lias’ Sequoia sounded great with a 40+ choir. Arrived at our hotel around 11 p.m. It’s awesome–who’s your friend?
The SFA Trombone Choir is ready for our Dallas/Fort Worth tour and our performance at the Big 12 Trombone Conference in Lubbock. Here is our itinerary:
Trombone Choir Itinerary 2012-Final
Wednesday, January 11,
3-5 p.m. These students should check in to their dorms at SFA:
Michael Anderson, Megan Massarello, Jordan Torres, Dwight Watson, Danny Williams
Thursday, January 12
5:45, yes, a.m.—Load vans in front of music building. Be dressed in nice pants/collared shirt!!
6:00, Leave Nac with: Allen, Anderson, Gardner, LaForce, Massarello, Robbins, Scambray, Swann, Torres, Watson, D. Williams
9:30— Meet: Barker, Carlsen, Colgrove, Ramos, S. Williams,
Concert: Horn High School, 3300 East Cartwright Rd.; Mesquite, TX 75181-2530
|11:30 ish Ft. Worth Zoo|
3:15 Leave zoo
4:00—Concert: Southwest High School; 4100 Altamesa Blvd; Fort Worth, TX 765133-5499
La Quinta Inn & Suites Waxahachie; 311 Stadium Dr; Waxahachie, TX 75165; Phone: 1-972-937-5525
Friday, January 13
9:15 Leave hotel
10:00 a.m. Concert—Waxahachie HS, 1000 HWY 77 N, Waxahachie, TX 75165; 972.923.4600 ext. 102
7 p.m. Registration-Big 12 Trombone Conference TTU
7:30-Concerts/Mass Trombone Choir
Overton Hotel and Conference Center
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401
Saturday, January 14
8:40 Leave hotel for conference
2:30 SFA Trombone Choir concert, Hemmle Recital Hall, TTU music building
…conference continues until 9 p.m.
9:00—Jazz night at the Lantern 3502 Slide Rd. (opt.)
Sunday, January 15
9:40 Leave/check out of hotel
11:00 Leave Lubbock for home
6:00 p.m. estimated arrival in DFW. (We will drop students anywhere along I-20 as needed to meet your rides or maybe leave personal cars at University and I 20 — in the shopping center with Blue Mesa grill? Better idea anyone?)
11:00 p.m. ETA Nacogdoches