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    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    John Williams was performing with the Houston Symphony in the fall of 1983. I was unable to go to the concert, but I knew one of the trombonists and had a heads up on the rehearsal. I waited outside the Music Hall, spoke for a minute or two when he arrived, got the picture/autograph (ROTJ/Superman), and then went inside for the rehearsal. I don’t recall there being anyone else other than musicians (no security – I just sort of walked in). The rehearsal was enjoyable – I remember them running through Jubilee 350 (which I had never heard before) as well as Jabba’s theme. In 2013 he came back to Houston and I had an opportunity to have him autograph the picture – I think he was amused as we both had aged a little…
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    New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

    I have enjoyed these so far. One thing I think might be nice would be to post on your webpage for each podcast a YouTube link to music (if available) for any un-released scores. There are a few I have been unable to find and I think this would complement the podcasts nicely. Keep up the good work!
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    John Williams At The Movies (Dallas Winds)

    An update.... https://referencerecordings.com/coming-next-week-john-williams-at-the-movies/
  4. Dallas Winds Jerry Junkin, Conductor Christopher Martin, Trumpet Released on July 6, 2018 https://referencerecordings.com/recording/john-williams-at-the-movies/
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    The Liberty Fanfare (new performance)

    In addition to the ones mentioned I also have these versions: Victory at Sea (US Navy Band) http://www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=75442255522 John Williams for Band (US Coast Guard Band) http://militarymusic.com/products/item-alt05062 Classics (Czech Army Central Band) http://cdmusic.cz/inshop/scripts/Detail.asp?kat=CQ00042431 The 41st annual Midwest Clinic, 1987 (Fukuoka Technical University High School Wind Orchestra) https://www.amazon.com/1987-Midwest-Clinic-Technical-University/dp/B001L6J6RU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484411886&sr=8-1&keywords=1987+%28Fukuoka+Technical Winds of War and Peace (National Symphonic Winds) https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Fanfare/dp/B00JFISJGA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1484411815&sr=8-5&keywords=Winds+of+War+and+Peace+%28National+Symphonic+Winds%29
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    Lincoln SCORE Discussion thread

    The Chicago Symphony is posting 125 items in commemoration of their 125th Anniversary. #114 (link below) is about Lincoln: http://csosoundsandstories.org/125-moments-114-lincoln/
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    For 'The President's Own'

    Just noticed a US Marine Band performance is being released on CD next month: http://militarymusic.com/products/be-glad-then-america www.amazon.com/Glad-Then-America-Presidents-Marine/dp/B01DTE41NA
  8. The Houston Chronicle Pair brings passion to the stage By Steven Brown | December 6, 2013 Composer John Williams and cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought a yin-and-yang chemistry to the Houston Symphony concert devoted to Williams' movie and concert music. Williams, who conducted Thursday, was genial but self-effacing, Ma the ebullient one - waving to the audience with his first step onstage, smiling broadly, quickly giving a thumbs-up to audience members seated behind the orchestra. When they got down to work, Ma cut a more animated figure sitting behind his cello than Williams did standing at the podium. In a suite from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," the concert's opener, Williams showed he didn't have to jump around to get the orchestra to play with power and atmosphere. Ma's extroversion suited Williams' Cello Concerto, which casts the soloist as a mercurial protagonist.... http://www.chron.com/default/article/Pair-brings-passion-to-the-stage-5042185.php
  9. It was a long time ago….. I knew one of the trombone players and he gave the heads up on when the rehearsal was. I waited outside and caught him as he came in. I was not able to go to the concert but spent about 90 minutes at the rehearsal which was nice. The only pieces I remember were Jubilee 350 and Jabba the Hut’s theme (the tuba player had a tough time with the solo) A couple of years later he came through with the Boston Pops. The 1st Symphony was in the program but they replaced it with The Reivers narrated by Burgess Meredith. I remember meeting him in the Greenroom after the concert and asking when he might record We’re Lookin’ Good! I don’t remember what he said but obviously it has not happened yet. Here is the only picture I was able to get last night.
  10. I thought the concert was good. The playing of the Houston Symphony for the program was not quite at the same standard as the orchestras that play on the original soundtracks (we are symphony subscribers and they normally perform at a very high level so assume the short rehearsal window – JW and Mr. Ma only arrived the day before the concert had something to do with it). I actually thought the encores were performed better than the second half music – I would rank the first half, encores, than the second half. I have been going to JW concerts for years (see attached from the last time he conducted the symphony in 1983) and he has slowed down but seemed to be invigorated as the concert went on. The encore for the first half was Pickin’, for the second half Schindler’s List, Star Wars main theme, Yoda’s Theme and the Imperial March. It was clear that Mr. Ma and JW were having a great time. Great concert!
  11. John Williams Joins Yo-Yo Ma Thursday, December 5, 2013 John Williams, conductor Yo-Yo Ma, cello Two music superstars and longtime friends join your Houston Symphony for an evening of music by John Williams composed for the concert hall and for some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Williams and the legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform the composer’s lush and virtuosic Cello Concerto, followed by thrilling selections from some of his most popular film scores http://www.houstonsymphony.com/Concerts-Tickets/Browse-Concerts/13-14-Season/13-14-Symphony-Specials
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    Williams' Fenway Park Fanfare

    I just noticed on the web page for the Bass Trombinist for the Boston Symphony (the link has a few pictures) http://www.yeodoug.com/home/text/whats_new.html March 31, 2012 - COMMENTARY One of the great joys of my career as a member of the Boston Symphony has been the opportunity to work with composer/conductor John Williams. John needs no introduction - his name is synonymous with the genre we call film music, with his soundtracks to Star Wars, ET, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark and a host of other films being well known to millions of people. John was conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra when I joined the Boston Symphony and we have enjoyed a very nice friendship over the years. In addition to making many CD recordings with him and the Boston Pops, I've been soloist with the Pops with John on the podium on two occasions - in performances of his Tuba Concerto (I was the first bass trombonist to play the piece on bass trombone) and Simon Proctor's Serpent Concerto. In addition we have played concerts together that are too numerous to count, as well as recording the soundtracks to two of his movie scores, Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Last week my wife and I were on vacation in Arizona, continuing our preparations to move there in a few weeks. As is sometimes the case, a last minute recording session with members of the Boston Pops materialized and while my participation was not mandatory (since I was officially on vacation from the Boston Symphony), I could not miss the opportunity to record a new fanfare by John Williams. So I took a "red eye" flight overnight from Phoenix to Boston, played the recording session in Symphony Hall, and turned around and flew back to Arizona - all in 24 hours. But it was worth it. 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Fenway Park in Boston, home of the Boston Red Sox. John Williams had been asked to compose a fanfare to celebrate the occasion and he composed it for members of the Boston Pops Orchestra brass and percussion section. I've recorded several of John's other fanfares over the years, his Liberty Fanfare and several of his Olympics fanfares including, The Olympic Spirit and Summon the Heroes. This new fanfare was composed for six trumpets, six horns, five trombones, two tubas, percussion and timpani. The recording session was held at Symphony Hall in Boston. It is such a thrill to be a part of a recording session such as this. No concerts or rehearsals preceeded it - we just sat down and started playing for the microphones. The Fanfare for Fenway has that John Williams "signature sound" and in a few hours, we had recorded the full fanfare, a 30 second version and a short "loop" of the piece that can be used on television. The trombone section consisted of BSO players Toby Oft and Steve Lange, and Karna Millen (US Coast Guard Academy Band) and Adam Rainey (bass trombone student at New England Conservatory of Music). The photos accompanying this entry tell a little of the story - John Williams and me together during a break in the recording session, and my view of the podium through recording equipment. Perhaps you'll hear the Fanfare for Fenway sometime during the 2012 Major League baseball season. I know that when I hear it, I'll be smiling, remembering a nice moment in time.
  13. Sinfonietta (Deutsche Grammophon PROA-24) is still availible on CD from Tower Japan. Not sure if this link will work but you can search for the label # on the site http://tower.jp/item/2860800/ペンデレツキ、黛敏郎、ウィリアムズ-吹奏楽のための作品集
  14. I was at the Symphony and noticed the program for the JW Houston Pops concert in two weeks - overall it looks like a strong program (it would have been nice to have a chorus for Hymn to the Fallen....) Here is a link to a scan of the program page with the list of the specific pieces being performed. http://freepdfhostin.../27f329d871.pdf
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