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Archive for February, 2008

Playing for “The Rat Pack”

In the middle of March I’ve been hired to play in the orchestra for the traveling Broadway show “The Rat Pack”, featuring the great tunes from Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Maybe there is still hope for live music, when the companies will hire a full big band! Keep swinging!

A big trombone day here in Houston

February 10 was a big trombone day here in Houston when Bonetown, Michael Davis and Bill Reichenbach, came and had a clinic and a concert. Those guys can play! We had a really kicking local rhythm section, and I had the good fortune of being part of the second half of the program, when we played some of Michael’s and Bill’s tunes for larger ensembles. Good Fun!

Now I’ve finally felt it, the pressure of playing 1st trombone in the famous chorale in Brahms’ first symphony! I played it with the Houston Symphony a couple of weeks ago, last time I played was years ago in Sweden, and then I was playing bass trombone.

This was a little bit more challenging, but what a great piece of music! Right now we’re in the middle of “Gershwin Glam” with the Houston Ballet, a ballet set to George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.

The end of “The Magic Flute”

A little update on what’s going on in my musical life.

We finished Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” with the Houston Grand Opera early February. It was a blast playing it, with a great cast and a really fine conductor, Steven Sloan. It was a little unnerving though with all the exposed soft playing for the trombones!