U of R Brass Days

This past Wednesday a collection of 30 Intermediate and Senior Brass players from both the East and West Music programs traveled down, upon invitation, to the University of Regina to take part in a day of clinics and performances for Brass instruments.

During the morning the younger students had instrument specific clinics and then performed a specially arranged fanfare with mass band. Massive being the an apt decription with over 450 students performing on stage at the same time:

20151014_11251420151014_112521Following the Intermediate (Jnr) Brass sessions there was a faculty lunchtime concert recital. In addition to listening some of the finest musicians in the province the audience was also wowed by guest soloist .Tom McCaslin (Tuba) playing his unique performance of the Beatles song “Blackbird”. Tom was born and raised in Regina but now resides in the States, jetting in for the week and showing everyone why he is recognized as one of the greatest Tuba players on the planet. (more on Tom here: tommccaslin.com)

The seniors then took part in similar clinics and a performance before we came home.


Thanks to Brent Ghiglione, the University of Regina and St.Johns Music for putting this great opportunity and event together.

Handouts for the sessions can be found below and on the Senior/Intermediate Band Pages. The include some great warm up exercises, hints and tips to strengthen your brass playing.

Trumpet – Easy duet Air Slurs-1    miles hand out      Easy duet-1

Trombone – Trombones – Brass Day 2015 handout

French Horn – University of Regina Brass Day      Burdick-student-hand-out©                                                              Burdick-music-examples-4pg

Euphonium – Euphonium   EuphHandout

Tuba – TubaHandout      A Basic Daily Practice Routine for Tuba

Written by willmartin