Finally, Maestro Bobo's magnificent DVD masterclass is again available with handsome new packaging. Produced by in Japan, it contains some of the finest musical advice and insight for musicians, students of brass and tubists. Some of the works performed include: Strauss-Concerto #1, Stevens-Variations in Olden Style, Koetsier-Concertino, Madsen-Sonata & Schumann-Adagio & Allegro. Below are some words from Roger Bobo of his thoughts in producing a DVD masterclass. This will be some of the most valuable 2 1/2 hours spent in front of a screen.
"Throughout my student and professional days I have been inspired and motivated by watching many masterclasses (usually on television) presented by many of the great musicians of our time. It was many years ago that I first got the idea to try to create such a masterclass of my own but was always held back by thinking, "No, I¿m not ready yet". The difficult fact is that I still feel that same "Not readiness". But having now completed 7 decades on this planet, it seemed prudent to proceed with the masterclass project, ready or not, and fortunately at this time a DVD seemed the perfect medium." Roger Bobo
In the old days it was a tradition for musicians to refer to the greatest of players on a given instrument as the King! There is no question that among musicians today (1958), William Bell would be enthroned as King of the Tuba. So fantastic are his achievements on this instrument that the professionals who know and understand its difficulties shake their heads in wonder and amazement when they hear him play. He played with the Bachman Band and the Sousa Band. In 1937 he came to New York to play under Arturo Toscanini and since that time has appeared with most of the major orchestras on radio and television. Toscanini declared William Bell the greatest tuba player he had ever heard. Once at a rehearsal the great conductor suddenly stopped the orchestra and called out “Play that again, please!” Mr. Bell looked puzzled and the maestro explained, “No, no, there is nothing wrong. Play it again, please, just for me. I have never heard that passage played with such a lovely tone!” Coming from Toscanini this was adulation of the highest order. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Many mistakenly call rims "embouchure visualizers," but they have more uses than to observe the placement of one's embouchure. The real value is to isolate the lip*s muscle fibers while buzzing. Jacobs cautions students not to buzz their lips without the use of a rim. Buzzing without a rim involves many more muscles than if the lips are supported with a rim. He recommends that buzzing should only be performed in the lower mid-range and for very short periods—two or three minutes maximum
The mouthpiece is placed in the Buzz Aid to add resistance while buzzing through it’s two holes. It can also be placed in the instrument’s receiver to simulate playing the instrument while buzzing. They are available for horn, trumpet, tenor or bass trombone and tuba.
Finally, the historic 1971 recording is available on CD! Jay Friedman, Frank Crisafulli, Ed Kleinhammer, Jim Gilbertsen and Arnold Jacobs play Orchestral Excerpts by Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Gliere, Holst, Mahler, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, and Wagner!!
Many mistakenly call rims "embouchure visualizers," but they have more uses than to observe the placement of one's embouchure. The real value is to isolate the lip*s muscle fibers while buzzing. Jacobs cautions students not to buzz their lips without the use of a rim. Buzzing without a rim involves many more muscles than if the lips are supported with a rim. He recommends that buzzing should only be performed in the lower mid-range and for very short periods—two or three minutes maximum. We have developed trombone and tuba rims made of delrim that cost less than brass - great for students and use in the car. The rim is the same size as a Helleberg.
JOIN TWO OF THE WORLD'S MOST PROMINENT MUSIC EDUCATORS AND PERFORMERS in their dail basics workout to put you on a path to an ever improving musical life! Created and developed for their own performing careers, SAM and Patrick show you a fun and creative approach to practicing the basics. The Brass Gym includes a 106 page book and a 78 minute play-along CD.
Harvey Phillips, "The Paganini of the Tuba" - The eclectic diversity of music chosen for this CD is selected from little known professional recordings and live clinician appearances with a variety of ensembles over the years. Handel - Sonata for Flute & Continuo - IV. Vivace, V. Gavotte, VII. Allegro; Youmans - The Carioca; Brittain - Thumbs Up; Benson - Helix 1-Dancing-Rollicking; Raggamuffin - "The Leasebreakers"; Albam - A Brief History of the Blues; Carisi - Varsity Drag from "A Greek in Dixieland"; David Baker speaks; Baker - Sonata for Tuba & String Quartet Movement 2; Richard Peaslee speaks; Peaslee - The Devil's Herald; Gunther Schuller speaks; Schuller - Capriccio for Tuba and Chamber Orchestra; Wilder - Song for Carol; Sauter - Blue Moon. By Harvey Phillips Foundation
Harvey Phillips TubaCompany performs music of every style, for every age, and for virtually every occasion, with their tubas and euphoniums (tenor tubas). Their primary objective is to entertain audiences wherever they perform. Harvey Phillips TubaCompany illustrates the genius of Harvey Phillips to intrigue and capture discerning listeners with sounds they otherwise may never have imagined! And so, this CD recording is for you to discover! Relax, listen, tap your feet and enjoy! And, should you be inspired to dance (polka, waltz, fox-trot, lindy, rock or whatever), be our guests!
The 20 Minute Warm-Up Routine is a dynamic, comprehensive set of 15 exercises and 15 play-along tracks that will both warm you up and work you out. This routine will absolutely energize your practice routine. It gives you the opportunity to play along with Gene Pokorny on tuba, the 20 Minute Warm-Up gives you examples to strive for in a fresh and innovative way. We highly recommend using both this routine and the more fundatmental 15 Minute Warm-Up Routine.
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Live is a re-release of a concert in 1991. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, JOHN ALLRED, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming In a Mellow Tone, Senor Blues, Bye Bye Blues, C.T.’s Blues, Shuckin’ and Jivin', Oleo, Your Mama Ain’t Got no Draws by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
The Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort - Superhorns is a re-release of material recorded from the group that existed from 1976-1994. This recording features RICH MATTESON, HARVEY PHILLIPS, ASHLEY ALEXANDER, BUDDY BAKER, DANIEL PERANTONI, WINSTON MORRIS, and others perfoming SPOOFY, LUCKY SOUTHERN, OLEO, LITTLE OLE SOFTY, STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY, GREGORY IS HERE, SUMMERTIME, NOREEN'S NOCTURNE, GEORGIA ON MY MIND, THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE, WALTZING MATILDA, (TOTAL TIME: 72:16 ) by Harvey Phillips Foundation and Richmond A. Matteson Legacy Productions
With warmth and humor, tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips tells the story of his amazing life and career from his Missouri childhood through his days as a performer with the King Brothers and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circuses, his training at the Juilliard School, a stint with the US Army Field Band, and his freelance days with the New York City Opera and Ballet. A founder of the New York Brass Quintet, Phillips served as director of the New England Conservatory of Music and became Professor of Music at Indiana University. The creator of an industry of TubaChristmases, Octubafests, and TubaSantas, he crusaded for recognition of the tuba as a serious musical instrument, commissioning more than 200 works. Enhanced by an extensive gallery of photographs, Mr. Tuba conveys Phillips's playful zest for life while documenting his important musical legacy.
Foreword by David N. Baker Format: cloth 496 pages, 16 color illus., 53 b&w illus.6 x 9 ISBN 978-0253007247
The life long journey of communicating begins with the many fairy tales and fables told to us by our loved ones. In our search to speak, we begin with simple phrases that eventually become orations of great detail and meaning. The ultimate skill in any language is fluency - an understanding of the language so comprehensive that one can extemporize around the social campfire for endless hours. As music is a language, it is with the greatest joy that we have found a small group of musical linguists to sit around the musical campfire and tell tales that reach to the outer bounds of our experience and imagination! We will tell you tales of the Outback, of Navajo burial grounds, of pagan Armenia, of Brazilian beaches, of New Orleans street life and of Cuban dancing in outer space!
Toby Hanks was formerly principal tuba with the San Antonio, Puerto Rico, and Minneapolis Symphonies and is currently a free lance performer and teacher in New York City, holding positions with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center, the American Composer's Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony. He is chairman of the Brass Department at the Manhattan School of Music where he he has taught since 1973. He also teaches and conducts at Yale University and for eighteen years was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory. Since moving to New York in 1967 to become a member of the legendary New York Brass Quintet, Toby has been at the center of the music scene there, performing with most major ensembles in the city.