Tech Wind Ensemble Players to Perform at National Conference

Coming off a recent performance at the world famous (& acoustically infamous at times per the band CHICAGO) Carnegie Hall, with mad raves, players from Tech's Wind Ensemble will be performing at a National Conference in Tampa. Wanted to post this because, even though it's not sports related, I feel that there's a strong connection between music and sports. Also, because I used to play trumpet. You can read the article right here. This was the WE's 2nd time performing at Carnegie.

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Thanks for posting. I love seeing Virginia Tech excel at music, something it's not really known for.

Honestly, I think it's a LOT better than folks are led to believe. The WE has already performed at Carnegie more times than the Richmond Symphony. Also, I'm curious to know if there's any kind of partnership between the Symphony Orchestra (Tech) and the Roanoke Symphony.

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I think so too. There have been some really great professors come through. Dave McKee is a legend obviously, but Sochinski, Floyd, Howell (RIP) come to mind. My wife could name more on the vocal and piano side.

Thanks for the notice. As a former french horn player, I still have a warm spot in my heart for such things. Kinda wish I still played. Most communities have orchestras. Very cool our Hokies are doing Carnegie, I'm impressed.

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at age 19, I played tuba for the last time. then at age 56 i picked up an electric bass. at age 62, i'm playing in 2 cover bands. never too late!

It took you 6 years to learn to count to 4?


I played clarinet for three years, then french horn for six years before going into the Army. Was tired of spit and polish military bands (Highty Tighties, anyone?), so I put the horn down even though I could see myself playing it for the rest of my life at the time. Never picked it up again. At the age of 25, I picked up the fiddle and tried to learn to play bluegrass, then discovered that I had more talent at harmonica, so I became primarily a harp player. Played in several bands for the next thirty years, and still play occasionally at a local cafe on jam nights. While I do agree that it is never too late, I also eventually tired of band dynamics and the absurdly rising costs of harmonicas. Playing blues is really hard on those harps (especially the way I play) and I'm not sure I could afford to play regularly anymore, anyway.
Definitely not too late, but I don't see me joining another band at this point. Kind of a "been there, done that" (yeah, I also got the T shirts) thing for me now.

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I also eventually tired of band dynamics

Well that I can most DEF identify with. Was part of a church orchestra (one of the founding mems) from my frosh yr of HS ('98) through '06. Just burned out and got tired of it & the director (plus the direction he was taking things). It was a huge relief when I quit. I still miss playing from time to time. But I don't miss the crap that comes with it.

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I miss playing too, from time to time, but having a decent cafe within walking distance that hosts a regular Thursday night jam, I can slip down and scratch that itch when I really feel driven. It does give me a chance to keep my fiddle from disintegrating in its case, especially as my harps blow out and I'm having to adapt or spend too much money just to play so little. Since I'm no longer getting paid, I do tend to freely imbibe, especially knowing I'm afoot and if I do chunder, the second or third time I fall down will be in my yard, which is nice, but I don't remember fondly those really late drives after playing, packing up, waiting for the door count or for the owner to be ready to pay us, etc. Often went home smelling like smoke so badly that my wife made me leave my clothes outside on the porch, but things were changing before I stopped playing. The one thing that never changed was personnel dynamics. It was always something sooner or later regardless of which band I was in, and even comes into play in the local jam.

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Band drama!!!!! Definitely something I didn't appreciate ahead of time. It's like second grade all over again.

*Bump to top*

This is great to hear. Thanks for posting.

We put the K in Kwality

trumpet players blow. So do sax players. Pretty much all members of the band except percussion blow. Just sayin...

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And harmonica players only suck half the time.

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Whatever, dude! Anybody that's even contemplated picking up a musical instrument KNOWS that the trumpet is the QB of the band/symphony.

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favorite MV section shirt (paraphrased cause old man memory): "Any horn can finger, but it takes a real bone to find the right positions"

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Lmao, alright. Didn't wanna do this.

Why are orchestra intermissions limited to 20 minutes?
So you don't have to retrain the drummers.

What do you call someone who hangs out with musicians?
A drummer.

What did the drummer get on his IQ test?

How do you know when a drummer is knocking at your door?
The knock always slows down.

How do you get a drummer to play an accelerando?
Tell them to play in 4/4 at a steady 120 bpm.

Why do bands have bass players?
To translate for the drummer.

Did you hear about the time the bass player locked his keys in the car?
It took two hours to get the drummer out.

How many drummers does it take to change a lightbulb?
-"Why? Oh, wow! Is it like dark, man?"
-Only one, but he'll break ten bulbs before figuring out that they can't just be pushed in.
-Two: one to hold the bulb, and one to turn his throne (but only after they figure out that you have to turn the bulb).
-Twenty. One to hold the bulb, and nineteen to drink until the room spins.
-None. They have a machine to do that.

Why is it good that drummers have a half-ounce more brains than horses?
So they don't disgrace themselves in parades.

What's the difference between a drummer and a drum machine?
With a drum machine you only have to punch the information in once.

Heard backstage: "Will the musicians and the drummer please come to the stage!"

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Thanks for the laughs. Several I'd never heard before. Can add one though:

What do you call a drummer without a girlfriend?

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Sure, but, yeesh. Wasn't gonna go that low.

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Ha ha.

What's the difference between a musician and a large pizza?

A large pizza can feed a family of four.

Found a trumpet hero.


What are you talking about? They sound pretty damn fine to me. What's your instrument anyways, hater?

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It's what we used to say in the MVs when the trumpets were playing that in practice ;)

MV Horn Line 1994-1996
Horn major

Ah, a Freedom Horner. I would consider FH the running/tailback of the band/symphony. Love listening to that instrument (you know, if it's done correctly and well, like Dale Clevanger). I remember the first time I got to see the MV's live. It was at a HS band competition at Lee-Davis HS in '98 (my frosh yr in HS). The trumpets sounded spectacular (plus, the following yr we used one of their song selections as part of our show, "Intro to Planet Krypton").

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What do lead trumpet players use for birth control?
Their personality.

What's the difference between trumpet players and government bonds?
Government bonds eventually mature and earn money.

How do you know when a trumpet player is at your door?
The doorbell shrieks.

Why do trumpeters leave their cases on their dashboard?
So they can park in handicap spaces.

Did you hear about the trumpet player who played in tune?
Neither did I.

How do trumpet players traditionally greet eachother?
"Hi. Nice to meet you. I'm better than you."

What do you call a lead trumpet player with half a brain?

As a former trumpet player, this hits too close to home

Also, this is amazing

True story from the olden dayz. When I was in the Highty Tighties, we had a trumpet player who was known for being exceptionally loud. I mean, crazy, twice as loud as loud players should be, the dude had lungs liked bellows. He was so loud that he blew flat, but he was pretty good nonetheless, so he got a lot of duty as official bugler for all the bugle calls, but his reveille was a masterpiece. He would stand there on the upper quad and bugle at the nearby civilian dorms with all his might, prompting complaints and yelling almost every time. Dude could flat out blow.

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When I was in the MVs in the 90s, the trumpet players were constantly trying to play everything an octave or two (if possible) higher than written. Emphasis on trying.

Ok, I got some.

How do you get your viola section to sound like the horn section?
Have them miss every other note.

How can you make a trombone sound like a french horn?
Stick your hand in the bell and play a lot of wrong notes.

What is the difference between a french horn section and a '57 Chevy?
You can tune a '57 Chevy.

What do you get when you cross a French Horn player and a goalpost?
A goalpost that can't march.

How many French horn players does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just one, but he'll spend two hours checking the bulb for alignment and leaks.

Why is the French horn a divine instrument?
Because a man blows in it, but only God knows what comes out of it.

How do horn players traditionally greet each other?
"Hi. I played that last year."
"Hi. I did that piece in junior high."

A girl went out with a tuba player, and when she came back her roommate asked, "Well, how was his kissing?"

"Ugh!" the first girl exclaimed. "Those huge, rubbery, blubbery, slobbering slabs of meat; oh, it was just gross!"

The next night she went out with a French horn player, and when she came back her roommate asked, "Well, how was his kissing?"

"Well," the first girl replied, "his kissing was just so-so; but I loved the way he held me!"

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I'm a former MV trumpet and I was losing my shit at all this! Well done sir!

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

What do string players do? I know they are not in the band.

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Pluck? Stroke? Bang? (But only piano and harpsichord)

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You can pluck a viola but you can't tune a fish.

Piano and harpsichord can be considered percussion. Mallets against strings.

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Some bands include a string double bass.

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Back in high school some of the local bands were using bass guitars or string basses in their percussion pit during marching season due to the lack of low brass. Our director refused to ever go that route and always converted people to sousaphone from instruments that aren't usually on the field in marching band season like baritone sax or bassoon. Worked well for two of my best friends given alto saxes looked tiny in their hands and both were bari sax players in concert band.

Yep. For the regiment, pep, jazz and stage/pit bands, an electric bass. For the other bands, string bass.

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As a former member of the Wind Ensemble back at my days in VT (and being in the one section that doesn't require wind to pass through their instrument), I'm glad to see them keep excelling. The group definitely started picking up around the time I left, my first senior year we played at the Kennedy Center, and the year after I graduated was when they first played Carneige Hall. The Music Department and ensembles have just kept getting stronger, and I'm glad to see that trend continue.

A Vegan, a Crossfitter, and a first chair trumpet player walk into a bar. How do you tell who is who?

Don't worry. They'll tell you.

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This is really cool.

But I saw MacGruber and the word "wind" in the title and came here expecting fart jokes.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Jerod Evans, Michael Brewer, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

I know. Sorry

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