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From: "Charlie Bailey"
Subject: [CB] Contra Bass Bugle
Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 22:49:05 -0400

I played a Contra bass Bugle just like this one during the first 2 years that I was in DCI . That was 1983 and 85. I must say that they were not the best sounding things to listen to but they we're a lot fun to play. Yes It was in the key of G major and you were not able to play chromatically but the arrangers were masters at getting around this problem. By the end of the 80's DCI went to 3 valves. The rules changed in the mid to late 90's so that you could play bugles in the key of B flat instead of the traditional key of G major. I have great memories playing this instrument. It seems ironic that I once played contra bass bugle as a kid and now I play the Contra BASSoon for a living.

Charlie Bailey


Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 12:07:54 -0700
From: Grant Green
Subject: [CB] Back from DC

We're back from DC.  Got there just in time for the heat wave, temperatures
25 degrees above normal.  We packed according to the weather forecast -
rainy, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s...

Didn't make it to any concerts, but did manage to see the Gerry Mulligan
exhibit at the Library of Congress , the Dayton C. Miller instrument
collection (courtesy of Robert Sheldon, the curator, who graciously met
with us after hours), and Robert Sheldon's own collection.  Haven't
developed the film yet, but I should have pictures of Albisphones in F and
C, the octave piccolo (no, we didn't try to play it...), an oboe that
Robert should find interesting, and others I can't recall at the
moment...  The Miller collection is predominately flutes, including quite a
few historical instruments, but not many instruments from the lower
registers.  Saw the soprano sarrusophone they have, but it is missing the

Lots of stuff we just didn't have time to see: followup trip now in
planning stages...

Pictures to follow in a few days :-)


Grant Green          
Sarrusophones & other Contrabass Winds


From: Clarinetmama
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 16:40:14 EDT
Subject: [CB] the producers

Hey Gang,
I saw "The Producers'" last week and had the chance to speak to one of the
pit musicians.  I was asking about instrumentation.  How's this for an arm
breaker...the Low Wind player plays bassoon, contra-bass clarinet , and bari
sax.  I would give me left $%# (if I had one) to play this show.  We were one
of the few people to see Henry Goodman play Bialystock.  He got fired the
week after we saw him..don't feel too bad, they are still going to pay him
for 8 months at 15 grand a week!!!



From: "Merlin Williams"
Subject: Re: [CB] the producers
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2002 17:23:02 -0400

Gee, that means there's hope for me when it opens in Toronto next year....

Visit Merlin's Mouthpiece
Jupiter Saxophone Artist/Clinician and member of the the Sax Ring.

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