This past Tuesday a long-planned collaboration with Dr. Michael Wilkinson, trombone professor at the University of South Carolina, finally came into existence—at least, outside of our imaginations. Dr. Wilkinson and I were assigned as roommates while attending the Alessi Seminar in Oregon four years ago, and through the course of our conversations we discovered a shared interest in doubling on various low brass instruments. We began then to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a large recital featuring the two of us playing as many instruments as possible. Four years later, and thanks to funding provided by the Southeastern Conference Faculty Travel Program, we were finally able to make this happen. Tuesday night was, we hope, the first of many such collaborations; we are preparing to apply for funding to reprise this program at Ole Miss next year, followed by other universities and hopefully low brass-related professional conferences.
I should mention that this program demonstrates in “real life” the principles outlined in my book The Low Brass Player’s Guide to Doubling, published in 2014 by Mountain Peak Music. (Incidentally, the book was published about eight months before Dr. Wilkinson and I met; he would have been a great addition to the list of coauthors!) The book answers in great detail the usual question, “How do you keep up with playing all of those instruments?”, providing a well thought-out and systematic approach.
Anyway, here are videos of the complete performance from Tuesday night, unedited except for the removal of talking between pieces, etc. Enjoy!
Canonic Sonata No. 3 (Telemann/Everett)
Sonata No. 3 in A minor (Marcello)
Preludes 10, 15, 16, 24 (Shostakovich/Yeo)
Everett—tenor trombone (10, 15); bass trombone (16, 24)
Wilkinson—bass trombone (10, 15); tenor trombone (16, 24)
Slide and the Family Bone (Davis)
Trombone Institute of Technology (Davis)
Duo Divertimento No. 2 (Deddos)
Duba Dance (Verhelst)
“Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide (Bernstein/Slutter)
Don’t Be Absurd (Wilkinson)