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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: US Army Blues

The Brass Junkies 112: Matt Niess

Andrew Hitz

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TBJ112: Matt Niess on The Capital Bones, 3 x 3, and getting help from the "Trombone Angel"

My Shenandoah Conservatory colleague Matt Neiss joined us for Episode 112 of The Brass Junkies. We had been trying to get Matt for years but he is always playing gigs. Seriously!

He is one of the most impressive musicians I’ve ever played with. Every style he plays sounds like his main style. And he is an incredible teacher as well. And a hell of a nice guy.

Okay enough nice stuff about Matt.

You can check out the complete show notes including all links mentioned during TBJ112 over at Pedal Note Media.

The Brass Junkies: Harry Watters of the US Army Band

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Trombonist and probable alien Harry Watters sat down with me and Lance and hilarity ensues.

Harry has had an amazing career, including a four year stint with the Dukes of Dixieland before detours to Las Vegas and his current position in Pershing's Own Army Band. Harry has played with just about everybody on the planet and give us some tips on learning improvisation.

He may or may not also have been present at a casino during a takeover by the Feds.

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Harry's Latest Recording: The Great American Songbook featuring the Salt River Brass

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Victor Barranco Joins The Brass Junkies

Andrew Hitz

The latest episode of The Brass Junkies podcast features a hilarious interview with trombonist Victor Barranco of the US Army Blues.  He talks about the fascinating path he took from growing up in North Pole, Alaska to ending up in Washington, DC playing in one of the premier bands in the world.

He also speaks about how he became handy around the house (as in having his house featured on home improvement websites.)  Why is this important? It turns out he used the exact same growth mentality to teach himself how to play jazz and then just a few years later he was the lead trombone in the One O'Clock Band at UNT.  He speaks about how it is all about how you approach things.

Lance and I couldn't believe how much we laughed during this episode and how inspiring it was.  He will make you go practice and have you in stitches talking about being the only Puerto Rican family growing up in North Pole.

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Victor Barranco Joins The Brass Junkies