Monday, August 09, 2010

Proud To Be A Brass Player

Spent Saturday at the Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, MN. Amazing music on meriod and contemporary instruments.

Kentucky Baroque Trumpets; the First Brigade Band from Watertown, WI,; the Lake Wobegon Brass; the Chicago Brass Band; the New Ulm Original German Band; Tschech├íranka from Austria; Dodworth Saxhorn Band and Newberry’s Victorian Cornet Band (in church Sunday Morning.)

Awesome.  These are dedicated musicians, many volunteers, and fun. The music ranged from early trumpet calls to contemporary brass band pieces. There was dancing in the (blocked off) street, the sound of cicadas and the nearby water falling over the Cannon River dam; hot dogs, popcorn, and a good, old, down-home feel.

In talking to one of the participant musicians he said he does what he does because he wants to help people feel good and music is his way of doing that. Another trumpet player whose smile was as big as mine the whole day, was overwhelmed by the music and the way it can touch us. One of the musicians as part of the group's presentation talked about the time he heard music and gave him "chill-bumps" on top of "chill-bumps." He then played it for us.

I am glad to be a musician and this weekend was proud to be part of the community of brass musicians!

Here's a You Tube of Tschecháranka.

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