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12 February 1997
EDITOR'S NOTE: Let's welcome new subscribers Jacob Lyons < CACTOID@aol.com > and Bart van den Dobbelsteen < email@example.com >. Care to say a few words guys?
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 16:31:47 -0400
From: JimKatz@JohnAbbott.qc.ca (Jim Katz)
Subject: Composing for a low band
Dear Grant: Thanks for all this effort; things must seem to be getting too complicated from time to time. Take out any frustrations by playing certain low instruments. I suspect the contra-bassoon was created for this sort of therapeutic purpose....(hey, they didn't have psychiatrists then.)
A few issues ago a Mr. Trinko asked if anyone wanted to compose for his basement band for next year's contrafest. I emailed him directly, but he may be too busy to reply. I know an interesting old composer, Maestro Louis Rochon, who loves a challenge, and would do this, but he does not know the ranges of these extremely low beasts, and his dictionary doesn't list them. Can you provide a list of the ranges for some of the instruments that would likely be in such a group. I have the list you had in here with the lowest notes, and need the other end. Thanks (I'll pass this stuff along to Mr. Rochon in any case, as he is likely to come up with something just for fun.
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org (Grant Green) at
Date: 2/10/97 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: Composing for a low band
>Can you provide a list of the ranges for some of the instruments
>that would likely be in such a group. I have the list you had in here with
>the lowest notes, and need the other end. Thanks (I'll pass this stuff
>along to Mr. Rochon in any case, as he is likely to come up with something
>just for fun.
OK, let's see, I'll list these as "conservative (safe) range" and "challenging" (in parenthesis). Anyone willing to try for higher is welcome to chime in:
For tuba, trombone, contrabass trumpet, etc., I'll defer to other members here....
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 1997 18:40:44 -0500 (EST)
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Author: "Irwin; Mike"
Date: 2/11/97 9:49 AM
Subject: FW: Cribert-Brevette
Here's mail I sent to Nils about his friend's Cribert-Brevette tenor sax.
>From: Irwin, Mike
>Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 1997 7:12 AM
>With regard to your friend's tenor, here's a couple of places to try for
>I would try wichitaband first. They seem to be very knowledgeable about
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Author: Bart van den Dobbelsteen
Date: 2/11/97 9:47 AM
Could you subscribe me to the contrabass list? Or inform me how I could subscribe, if I have to do it myself?
I am a tubaplayer since three years, after years of playing bass and contrabass clarinets in all kinds of outfits.
Bart van den Dobbelsteen
3571 TZ UTRECHT - The Netherlands
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Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 09:48:46 -0800
From: "Grant D. Green" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: subscription
This is it. Welcome aboard!
I'll add your name to the subscription list. The next digest should come out later this week (typically Wednesday or Thursday).
I finally got to "fill in" on sarrusophone last night. One of the pieces we're playing is "Olympica" by Jan van der Roost, a festive overture for band. The director wanted the low brass to play with more of an "edge", so last week I suggested that I double the tuba part on sarrusophone. He didn't object, so last night I joined the tuba section for that piece.
Aside from the fact I was sightreading and jumping octaves continually, it went pretty well. The part is still pretty challenging (even the tuba part for this piece is full of 32nd note runs, and there are a few sections where the tubas play afterbeats. The tuba section all enjoyed it, and remarked at the fact that they could all hear it, even over the three tubas. The director apparently didn't notice, but then, he had forgotten his glasses and had other things on his mind. We'll see if he objects in the future...
I finally decided that the problems I've been having with the contrabass clarinet (like playing C#-F above the break) must indicate leaks in the horn. This morning I took it into the shop, where they confirmed that it indeed had a few leaks: now the trick will be getting it back in time for the next rehearsal.
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