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The Brass Junkies Podcast - Pedal Note Media

The Brass Junkies, hosted by former Boston Brass members Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke, features interviews with the best and brightest brass players in the world. Subject matter includes everything from the serious to the ridiculous, just like the music business.
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Now displaying: July, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

TBJ90: New Seraph Brass trumpeter Raquel Rodriquez on her new gig at UNT, traveling to the Lieksa Brass Week and recovering from a chop sunburn.

Raquel Rodriquez is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas (Fall of 2018). Prior to that, she was the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Rodriquez maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. She has performed throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Raquel is a member of Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. The group performs frequently around the country and abroad.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Sunburn
  • How her kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Hogan, from Kermit, Texas) re-routed the pronunciation of her name
  • Growing up in west Texas
  • Starting on trumpet in beginner band, getting into in high school marching band
  • Her band director got her taking lessons, even drove her there, listening to great brass recordings along the way
  • Growing up in a small Texas town
  • The influence of great music teachers
  • Getting a degree in music education and the influence of DCI and marching bands
  • Marching with Star of Indiana/Brass Theater/Blast
  • Getting her doctorate at UNT
  • The transition from Star of Indiana to Brass Theater to Blast
  • Performance anxiety
  • Lance's beta-blocker rant
  • "Trumpet players are neurotic"
  • "All trumpet players are glory hounds"
  • Heading to the Lieksa Brass Week in Finland with Seraph Brass, a sextet
  • The difficulty of balancing busy schedules with playing chamber music
  • ITG in 2019 with Seraph (as a sextet) in Miami
  • Her new gig as Assistant Professor of Trumpet at UNT, along with Caleb Hudson and John Holt (on the classical side)

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Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

 

 

Jul 10, 2018

TBJ89: David Gordon of the Seattle Symphony on Boston, Mahler and giving it your all.

David Gordon, whose playing has been described as “spectacular” by the Chicago Tribune, is Principal Trumpet of the Seattle Symphony and Chicago's Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist, Gordon has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Grant Park, and Charleston (with whom he performed as soloist every season of his tenure), the National Repertory Orchestra and the Lake George Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as Principal Trumpet of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed, recorded and toured as Principal Trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra and as Trompette Solo of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • How playing with Mahler 2 with Andrew early on changed his life
  • Studied at Columbia (Philosophy) and Juilliard
  • Won Charleston and Grant Park gig right out of school, Seattle Symphony three years later, all Principal Trumpet
  • Studies with Nato and Jim Pandolfi (TOUGH LOVE!)
  • "He'll make you great or make you quit"
  • Giving it your all
  • Studies with Vacchiano
  • Playing alongside great players early on
  • Hearing recordings of Phil Smith's playing as an early influence
  • The influence of Boston, a wave of pros-to-be
  • Is there a "Boston" equivalent of today?
  • Auditioning for Seattle (twice) at 24 and 25, hardest audition ever, an hour to play everything, close to fifty pieces in total, for Gerard Schwarz
  • Playing for Boulez
  • Mental challenges vs. physical in that audition
  • Ramped up the intensity of preparation for the second one
  • The importance of focus
  • Budgeting his time and effort
  • Playing under Schwarz
  • Would you hire you?

LINKS:

Want to help the show? Here are some ways:

  • Help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes.
  • Show us some love on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Help us pay the bills (and get regular bonus episodes!) by becoming a Patreon patron.
  • Show some love to our sponsors: The brass program at The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University and Parker Mouthpieces (including the Andrew Hitz and Lance LaDuke models.)
  • Tell your friends!

Expertly produced by Will Houchin with love, care, and enthusiasm.

 

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