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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 17:05:41 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Great Wall Update!

Here's the latest update for the "1,000 Saxophones on the Great Wall
of China" gig:

Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 15:53:52 -0800 (PST)

The survey results from last week sent to around 450 people are still
coming in, but at this point there are around 130 people who are
highly likely to participate and 100 people who say it is about 50-50
they will participate.

Thus, we are quite a way from the critical mass of 500 players to go
to China and the October 6th date which I had expressed confidence in
a short while ago appears very questionable.  I also learned from our
Chinese sponsor that Kenny G is scheduled to be on tour in China at
that time, which would be a significant distraction.

I know that another date change may bring my credibility into
question with some of you, but I hope you will not lose interest and
realize, as I have a little belatedly, that planning all of the
details much farther in advance is the only practical way to succeed
for such a large-scaled event.  On the plus side, I am happy to
report there is now a much needed experienced international festival
organizer working on this project, there is keen interest by a top
film maker with connections to PBS, and  we do have an enthusiastic
and highly placed Chinese sponsor with the necessary resources and
influence in China to make this happen.

The new time frames for the concert which are under consideration are
May/June 2002 and October 2002.  If one of these time frames does or
does not work for you, I would appreciate hearing from you.

Thank you for your continued interest.

Best regards,
Pod Leader


Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 21:14:42 -0800 (PST)
From: JJ McLallen
Subject: Re: [CB] [CB Digest]

> Do any of you know what would be a good program for me? I am a
> BB-flat Contrabass Clarinet player and it would be nice to
> strengthen my lung muscles and I don't want to do anything that
> will hinder my playing abilities because my instrument is my
> life.

I took voice techniques in college, and I learned that there are
two sets of muscles that act in breathing. The diaphragm is
active in INHALING ONLY! The muscles used in exhaling are the
abdominals. The laterals, obliques, and all. I think various
types of sit-ups and crunches are the best. Also, aerobic
exercise is most excellent, as the lungs and their capacity is
quite important here. I hope this helps!

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From: "Spencer Parks"
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 23:15:45 -0600
Subject: Re: [CB] Bass Sax

Thank you all for the ideas and tips. I appreciate it. I'm taking it all to heart.


Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 11:51:16 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Sarrusophone FS!

Looks like an Eb contra, no reserve, at

Before you get too excited, though, it looks from the pictures like
it is missing all of the keywork.  You might want to ask your
favorite woodwind tech if he or she can make a new set of keys before
you bid...



Grant Green
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