Big and little doin’s..

Played solo for a group that was wine tasting the other nite and had a great time. Good people and apparently they enjoyed the wine and raised some money!!

Got started with my “background check” this week for the school system so I can teach during BAND CAMP at one of the local HS. I was asked to do the sax and clarinets so it should be fun. I went by and got the music and don’t remember playing anything this difficult when I was in HS but that has been a few years. Check out the link below:

http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10357055

I ordered and received some warmups by Aaron Copeland so hopefully I can expand their horizons a bit.  I was going to put it all on a CD for the students but apparently, I have stayed too long with the present set of electronics in my studio and will have to upgrade. I have several pieces of equipment that have “Passed their prime” and are beginning to have significant deficits in their performance such that they need to be replaced. Sad. End of an era. Moores Law in full effect!!

As you might remember, I was intent on doing something outside for exercise this year. I had been swimming 2000 yards in less than 50 minutes 3 times a week for several years,  but I wanted to get back out in the sunshine. I tried biking with a regular bicycle but my balance was not all that great and my fear of fracturing something exceeded my interest in that platform until I found a trike!!! Great goodness!!! what fun! I ordered one from UTAH TRIKES  and have been putting the miles on that little bugger!  I am up to about 60 miles so far, going about 15 miles in about an hour in a half (there are some significant hills around here)  and was doing great until my rear derailleur EXPLODED Thursday am after about 9 miles.  I got it back home and took some pics and sent them off to UTAH TRIKES and they are going to send me a new derailleur asap. Great guys to work with. So I dropped the trike off at the bike shop and cant wait until Im back on the road!!!

catrike Trike!!

catrike Trike!!

Band camp on Monday!!! then playing for a TV spot on July 28th on/at Channel 11 for the DCO event coming up at the STRAND THEATER in Marietta.

Good week!!!!

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Recording with the Little Jazz Band

During the recording we are doing with the EJS Big Band CD, another group of players, some of which have and still do play with the EJS , put together as the Little Jazz Band (including me occasionally on sax/clarinet) wanted to make some demo tracks. So, with just a little modification I set up an 8 track recorder and made some demo tracks with them.   Here are some pics (these are the ones I took so Im not in them) while they were doing SUN AND THE MOON. Abigail Lloyd sings with Danny Barker on bass and Kim Lloyd on drums and Bruce McLeod on keys. The music track doesn’t sync with the movie but gives you an idea.  There will be other pics at http://thelittlejazzband.com/

Scroll down for the movie!!!

And probably on Facebook too!!!IMG_0695 IMG_0699 IMG_0700 IMG_0701 IMG_0702 IMG_0703 IMG_0704

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Daily and mundane for most….

So got back from Berlin and managed to get my Dad into a great skilled nursing facility (with much wonderful help from my sister). Played a great concert at Marietta with over 6000 folks. Hope we get that again!!  Got the gig for the Army Band replacement at a 9-11 ceremony in Stone Mountain.  Coming up we have the weekly CD recording sessions with the EJS. We are laying down a track a week for the upcoming CD.  Booked to play a combo gig this Friday and then another solo gig on Saturday nite for the Humane Society. Rehearsing a really great concert upcoming at GPC in Clarkston with their Jazz Ensemble on bari sax. Playing another Video gig at Comcast on August 8th……

When I get asked what am I doing, the answer stumps me. Because nothing I’m doing is interesting to anyone but me. Playing in 3 big bands and combo and solo gigs and learning new stuff on your horn …….lets face it, it has a VERY narrow niche for interest. So I just usually say  I’m mowing the grass a lot. Weather has been great!! And I keep my awesomeness to myself LOL!!

I have had the hankering for something outside that I could do that was exercise since the weather has turned warm. I’m swimming 2000+ yards 3 times a week but its indoors and pretty solitary. I tried going back to tennis but I just cant move as fast as I used to and walking is sooooo boring. I even rented a bicycle to try. I used to ride everywhere in college (before cars) so I thought that would be fun. Yes, it was fun but at my age, a bit scary. I again confronted the lower extremity agility problem.Getting on and off was and adventure and I didn’t have the reflexes I used to have for riding.  Which brought me to my present plan. A trike.  Not a three wheel bike like you would find in a nursing home parking lot but a real two front wheel, driven rear wheel , two derailleur system that I could get going with. I ordered a CATRIKE and we will see what happens over the next few weeks when it shows up!!

catrike Trike!!

catrike Trike!!

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Return from Berlin

After such a great trip to Germany, I returned to play with the DCO last nite in Marietta. I was worried about the weather all week with rain every day, it seemed like.  Last year we were rained out! This year, the weather gods smiled on us and we got great weather. The crowd was awesome and very supportive. There must have been 6000 folks there!!  I was impressed.  The band did a great show and we did 2 hours without a break which is  a big deal for the brass players!!!

Back tonight at the CORK AND TAP for a few hours of pushing broom. We will see how that all goes!!!

cork and tap

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Back from Berlin

WOW What a great trip. Great music and great people. I have posted a bunch of pics on FB. Played to a bunch of great people in a number of neat venues. Life is an interesting place with eye opening experiences everywhere if you just look!!

brian and Steve

brian and Steve

david steve dave randy brian terry ggc with the combo sj terry and dave

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Building up to the Germany Trip

When we were trying to gear the music choices for this trip to the appropriate venues, we were thinking we would be playing for some “store front” churches. That is, nothing really exciting or demonstrative as far as the venue is concerned, coffee shop gig sort of thing.  Not a problem, just you program it a little differently.

flyer for one of our gigs.

flyer for one of our gigs.

Then we got these two pdf’s from one of the places we are booked to play. Wow. Very technically exciting and very much of an upscale type venue. SO…..I think this will be more of a BLAST than I thought……. and the drummer said “something I never thought about, electronic drums!!”  PastedGraphic-1   TPG Stageplan Jazz Mai 2015

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Video Promo for Douglas and the Band!!!

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