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Fourth Annual Trumpet Recital at My Home in Edmonds

Posted by glennled on August 27, 2013

Three high-schoolers and one middle-schooler showed off their talents and abilities at the 4th Annual Trumpet Recital by my students in my home in Edmonds on 8 June. Bands at Inglemoor (Kenmore), Bothell, and Juanita (Kirkland) high schools and Hamilton International Middle School (Seattle) get the benefits of their musicianship.

Erik played “Chiapanecas,” “In a French Cafe,” and two bugle calls, “Assembly” and “Fire Alarm.” Robert played “Centaurus,” “The Technician,” and the bugle call, “Tattoo.” Vaughan played “The Executant,” “Bird’s Backyard” (jazz), and the bugle call, “Mess.” Sarah played an original composition (untitled) and “In Dreams” from the movie, The Lord of the Rings.

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Photo Gallery of “Night at the Movies 2013″ Concert at Skyview Jr. High in Bothell

Posted by glennled on August 23, 2013

“Sold Out!”–Band and orchestra students at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell attracted a full house to a special concert on 13 June–movie night! As scenes from various movies flashed across the screen, the bands and orchestra played medleys from the music scores. Here’s a gallery of photos. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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2013 Spring Band Concert, Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle

Posted by glennled on August 21, 2013

Trumpet Soloist, Symphonic Band, HIMS

Trumpet Soloist, Symphonic Band, HIMS

Dan Rowe, Music Director of Concert and Jazz Bands at Hamilton International Middle School (HIMS) in the Wallingford district of north Seattle, ended the school music year on 6 June with an expert Spring Band Concert at Lincoln High School Auditorium. He conducted four bands comprised of almost 300 students in total: the Beginning (58 members), Cadet (87), Concert (72), and Symphonic (75) bands.

Two trumpet players were among those singled out in each band for special awards. The Outstanding Musician Award for the Cadet Band went to trumpeter, Carter Eng. The Most Improved Musician Award for the Concert Band went to trumpeter, Juliana Silldorff.

The music program at HIMS is supported by Friends of Music at Hamilton International (FOMAHI). Please see www.fomahi.org. FOMAHI was headed in 2012-2013 by Alicia Edgar, President. For my article and photos about last winter’s band concert, please see my blog  post of 24 December 2012.

Below is a gallery of photos from the concert. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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“Final Concert” of 2012-13 Bands and Choirs at Juanita High School

Posted by glennled on June 4, 2013

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Concert Band, Juanita High School

Two of my trumpet students—one current, one past—played in the “Final Concert” of the school year at Juanita High School in Kirkland on 29 May—so I simply had to go! And, as always, I’m very glad I did. One student is in the Concert Band (for freshmen), and the other is in the Symphonic Band (for sophomores). Both bands, plus the Wind Symphony (for juniors and seniors) and the Jazz Band, are under the very capable direction of Mariko Lane. Also on the program were the Concert Choir (all girls) and the Concert Choir (co-ed), directed by Lehua Pischke.

The Jazz Band opened the concert with “Big Swing Face,” followed by “Little Brown Jug” and “The Elks Parade.” The next band was the 46-member Concert Band, playing a “Symphonic Suite from the ‘Lord of the Rings’.” After that, the Symphonic Band (42 members) played a medley from “The Phantom of the Opera.” And finally, the Wind Symphony (40 members) played a “Star Wars Medley.”

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

Symphonic Band, Juanita High School

The music was challenging for the musicians and entertaining for the audience. It was evident that Ms. Lane is well-loved by her musicians, who follow her direction with precision. The balance of the instrumental sections was very impressive—for example, she kept the power of the brass in check, and the blending of the instruments was very pleasant. Also, she chose arrangements that featured solos by several of her best musicians.

The Jazz Choir sang a “Swing Around Suite” which included “A Tisket, A Tasket,” “God Bless the Child,” and “How High the Moon.” The Concert Choir sang “The Lion King: The Broadway Medley,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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Three Bugle Calls at Memorial Day Ceremony, Veterans Park, Lynnwood

Posted by glennled on June 1, 2013

286 flags to honor the Washingtonians who died in the Irag War

286 flags to honor the Washingtonians who died in the Irag War

Of course it rained in Lynnwood on Memorial Day! That’s because there was an outdoor ceremony being performed at Veterans Park to honor our nation’s war dead. It always rains then–it’s traditional. But some 250 people didn’t care and came anyway, God bless ‘em!

Glenn Ledbetter sounds "Echo Taps"

Glenn Ledbetter sounds “Echo Taps”

And as Bugler of VFW Post 1040, I had the privilege to sound three bugle calls—first, “Assembly,” to catch the crowd’s attention and cue the Northwest Jr. Pipe Band to commence the ceremony; then “Echo Taps” to close the ceremony; and finally, “To the Color” when honors were rendered as the American flag was hoisted to full mast at noon, according to custom and protocol.

 

Boy Scouts Troop 49 of Lynnwood placed flags in the park and distributed the programs. Garret Lloyd King sang three songs, and VFW Post Piper Ray Colby played “God Bless America” on the bagpipes. The Northwest Jr. Pipe Band played “Green Hills,” “Battles Ore,” and “Amazing Grace.” The “echo” part of “Taps” was sounded by Josiah Chupik, lead trumpeter of the Woodinville High School Bands and a former trumpet student of mine. And the three-volley rifle salute by the VFW Post 1040 Honor Guard was perfect.

 

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Photo Gallery of “Northshore Jazz Night” at Inglemoor High School

Posted by glennled on May 31, 2013

It started in 1984, when Eric Lucas was a senior in high school—a concert called “Northshore Jazz Night” that features the high school jazz bands within the Northshore School District. Mr. Lucas is now Director of Instrumental Music and Performing Arts Department Chair at Woodinville High School. “So often,” he said, “when we play at jazz competitions and individual school concerts, we never get the chance to hear each other play. This is a fun event, usually about the first week of May, just for the entertainment of ourselves, parents, relatives, and friends.”

And on 30 April at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, we heard five bands from Woodinville, Bothell, and Inglemoor high schools. I got photos of almost every band, but my camera’s battery died just before the Inglemoor Jazz Ensemble took the stage.  The lead trumpeter in the Woodinville Jazz Ensemble is my former student. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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“To the Color” for Pacific Little League Day in Lynnwood

Posted by glennled on May 26, 2013

Glenn Ledbetter, VFW Post 1040 Bugler, sounds "To the Color." Photo by Carol Sheldon.

Glenn Ledbetter, VFW Post 1040 Bugler, sounds “To the Color.” Photo by Carol Sheldon.

More than 20,000 boys and girls have played baseball and softball in the Pacific Little League since it was founded 48 years ago in 1965, and for the last two, I’ve had the privilege of sounding the bugle call, “To the Color,” on the annual PLL Day–this year on 27 April at Lynndale Park in Lynnwood. More than 800 boys and girls, ages 5-18, from Lynnnwood and Edmonds now participate.

For more information about PLL and this annual event, please see www.pacificlittleleague.com and my post dated 22 May 2012, in this blog (archives, left column).

Please click on any photo englarge it. Two were taken by Carol Sheldon (as marked), and Designer Portrait Studio took all the other photos (see  www.thedesignerportraitstudio.com).

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Check it Out: National Trumpet Competition, 14-17 March

Posted by glennled on March 12, 2013

Doc Severinson with the Stiletto Brass Quintet

If you’re attending in the 22nd Annual National Trumpet Competition this week, you’re probably already in Arlington, Virginia where it begins this Thursday on the campus of George Mason University. If not, like me, then you might want to check it out at http://www.nationaltrumpetcomp.org/.

The competition is comprised of six divisions: junior, high school, undergraduate, graduate,  jazz, and ensemble. In the junior division, there are six competitors; high school, 33; undergraduate, 41; graduate, 36; jazz, 12; and ensemble, 30. Two ensembles are from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

The U.S. Navy Band opens the event with a concert, also featuring Tromba Mundi and others, on Thursday, and the Stiletto Brass Quintet (five women, including Amy Gilreath and Cathy Leach on trumpet) plays a two-hour concert featuring Doc Severinson on Friday. That evening, Tom Harrell and his Jazz Quintet appear in concert at Harris Hall, free admission.

Trumpeters conducting clinics and master classes include Charles Lazarus, Vince DiMartino, Joey Tartell, Chris Moore, and Etienne Charles.

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Six Student Trumpeters Solo at 2013 Northwest Trumpet Arts Festival at SPU

Posted by glennled on March 6, 2013

Cole, a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, plays with Peter Bond of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York

Cole, a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School, plays with Peter Bond of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York

Yes, the evening concert at the fourth annual NW Trumpet Arts Festival on 3 March at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) featured five highly accomplished, professional trumpeters, headed by Peter Bond of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and Dr. Brian Chin of SPU and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra.

But I went to the festival to hear the kids play. The afternoon program consisted of two Master’s Classes and a Student Concert. Peter Bond taught the class on “Practicing Fundamentals,” and Chad McCullough taught the one on “Practicing Jazz Improvisation.” There were almost 50 people at these sessions. Dr. Chin emceed the event, sponsored by the Yamaha Corporation, Kennelly Keys Music, and SPU.

The Student Concert gave six trumpet students the golden opportunity to play, with piano accompaniment, in a non-competitive environment for their peers, the five professional artists, and an appreciative public audience. All the students played very challenging music. They received written feedback from the professional trumpet artists and a classy festival T-shirt. What a special event this is! As it continues to grow, the festival aims to draw at least 100 people.

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Surprise Response to Puccini’s “La Boheme” at Seattle Opera

Posted by glennled on March 5, 2013

blog_poster_bohemeWhat does it mean when you cry in Act I of Puccini’s opera, La Boheme, and not when Mimi dies at the end of Act IV? Well, it must have a little to do with the fact that this is the second time my wife and I have seen La Boheme at the Seattle Opera. And it must have a lot to do with the singers and the music itself—there are a couple of outstandingly beautiful arias and a duet in Act I, sung by the lead soprano (Jennifer Black) and tenor (Michael Fabiano) when we attended on 24 February. And finally, it must have something to do with me, myself, and I.

Two trumpeters lead the parade by Cafe Momus in Act II. Photo by Elise Bakketun.

Two trumpeters lead the parade by Cafe Momus in Act II. Photo by Elise Bakketun.

In Act I, young Mimi and Rodolfo fall in love. Mimi is a seamstress and courtesan, and Rodolfo is a poor poet, living in the same cheap apartment house in Paris. She is ill, but their love is strong. Their future brims with hope and promise. Who does not remember an intense, dreamy, romantic love in one’s youth? A tear sneaks down from the corner of my right eye.

They nearly break up in Act III. and then in the climax of Act IV, Mimi passes away after a long bout with consumption. Rodolfo is the last in the room to realize that she is dead. And out in seat E-2, a pair of dry eyes watch. Whazat? Most people cry in all the right places. Not me, not this time. Surprise.

Love is born—tears. Love is lost—no tears. I’ve seen it before—I know this love will die. But we never let tragic love stories, beautifully told, die. This great opera should always remain one of the world’s most popular. It premiered 117 years ago at Teatro Regio in Turin, northern Italy on 1 February 1896. The opera is “about young people caught in a difficult economic situation in desperate and conflicted love,” writes Speight Jenkins, General Director of the Seattle Opera. “There is no opera that so immediately speaks to everyone’s youth, even to those very young.”

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