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Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Posted by:christabella17.
Time:2:21 am.
ahh! we have to keep this community alive. ummm..i have all county this coming weekend!! yay.
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Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Subject:-memories of summer practices-
Posted by:schnorkplat.
Time:3:14 pm.
Mood:XTC vs. Adam Ant - TMBG.
Hello all, I'm Jeffie. As I was reading your "About" section in the info. page, it brought so many memories of summer band practices back. I have committed the "drive-by brassing". We would get an hour off at lunch (we had 2 weeks of 8 hour practices) and instead of eating or drinking we would (as we called it) "Go Honking". Heh, well..it's hilarious to see people's reactions, so this is why I joined this community. Very fun. Oh, I'm 17 and have played the trumpet for 7 years. And yes, I'm a girl..despite the fact that my name is Jefferson. People call me Jeffie, though. tootoot--Jeffie
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Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Subject:reverse drive-by brassing
Posted by:bunrab.
Time:8:14 pm.
TubaChristmas was last Monday, before xmas, in Austin. Since it's rather an informal thing - 180 unrelated brass players with a volunteer conductor who has never met any of them before - it is an occasion to indulge. As the group wanders from the rehearsal hall the two blocks over to the Capitol steps, it honks and hoots randomly, stopping traffic, and especially the over-decorated sousaphones tend to bring cars to a screeching halt. Then after the concert, everybody goes their own ways, not necessarily back to the hall, but off to wherever they parked. This results in reverse drive-by brassing: ambulatory tuba and euphonium players crossing streets and playing INTO the windows of cars stopped at traffic lights. It's fun.
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Posted by:christabella17.
Time:7:27 pm.
hey there, im melissa, and i also just joined this community. i think its hilarious, i cant say i've ever done it before, but i plan to, many, many times over. im a horn player, and ive been playing since 5th grade...about...5 years(?) lol and any tips on doing a drive by with a horn? that may be a difficult maneuver :p
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Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Subject:Fellow Brass Players
Posted by:waldhorn_brass.
Time:9:25 pm.
Mood: happy.
Hey out there! I'm a horn player and have been for about 5ish years. and mellophone too, but that's a given. haven't blasted my horn, but an air horn-yes; and by a golf course. hehehe. it was great.
anyone out there who has played the Finale of Tschaikowski's 4th Symphony and has lived to see the day, please give some tips for the first horn part... it's such an endurance test.
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Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Posted by:nikix123.
Time:7:47 pm.
hello all.
i just found this community and i think it's quite hilarious so i joined.
i'm a horn player so it might be a little awkward sticking it out of a car window but who knows until i try?

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Saturday, July 3rd, 2004

Posted by:bunrab.
Time:4:55 pm.
I'm here on somewhat false pretenses - Spousal Unit plays the tuba, but I play the (gasp!) saxophone! Tenor and bari (not at the same time!), to be more specific. As you all know, the saxophones combine the worst features of brass instruments with the worst features of woodwind instruments. I will admit to having honked on a baritone horn a couple times, but I really love my saxophones, even though my bari is one I bought used - built in 1955 and looks every day of it. I'm hoping some of you will have tips for tarnish and pitting - Spousal Unit's never had to do that to the tuba, although it has needed some dents hammered out - so I need advice. Is Brasso any good? Thanks for any help, and I promise not to talk about reeds while I'm here.
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Saturday, April 24th, 2004

Posted by:modern_sidebang.
Time:4:24 pm.
Hi Everyone.

My name is Miranda.
I play the trombone, tuba, baritone, and trumpet.

Keeping with the theme of "brass instruments", many of you in this community might be interested... I have a trombone up for auction. It's inexpensively priced and is in excellent condition. I haven't been using it at all, so hopefully I can help someone out by making it available for auction.

Go to the following link for more details...


Thanks guys :]
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Tuesday, April 13th, 2004

Posted by:goldenrach47.
Time:11:03 am.
alright! so hello to you all, i'm another newbie here. my names rachael, and i'm a brass major at durham school of the arts in north carolina. (although i'm cheating and playing saxophones too now, couldn't resist). i saw the name of the community and cracked up. that's just wut me and my friends did at our jazz camp this summer, lofl. anywho, i'm off to go buy a new flugel (woooo!!!!), so i'll bbl!
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Saturday, October 11th, 2003

Subject:I'm a newbie!
Posted by:ephraimjz.
Time:11:50 pm.
Hi all! My name is Jared, I am a music education major at University of the Pacific. My prinicple instrument is the trumpet. This is actually my first community on LJ taht I have joined so... kinda new at this.
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Saturday, July 26th, 2003

Subject:Attention Musicians
Posted by:brassmasta.
Time:7:24 pm.
Mood: happy.

Official invitation to all Brass Players and Musicians!

brassmastaz is a new live journal community for all brass musicians. Feel free to chat about music difficulties, new literature or compositions, musicians, composers, performances and concerts. Promote musical events, post images regarding the world of brass, or ask others for advice. All are welcome!
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Subject:Cross posted cause it's funny.
Posted by:wench33.
Time:12:52 pm.
Mood: silly.
Quote from a friend (who I JUST found out used to play tuba)on hearing that I used to play Baritone Horn.

"Female baritone players are like Klingon women -- hard to come across, hard to keep
up with, and hard to let go of."

I thought that was the funniest thing I've ever heard.


Crazy red-headed former Baritone player
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Saturday, February 1st, 2003

Posted by:fiamma.
Time:6:02 pm.
Mood: amused.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this community :D Now I cant wait to drive-by-brass out the window of my little hyundai accent.

My buddy is going for drum major next marching season... we might film a drive-by-brassing for his campaign *strokes chin in thought*
lol, that could be good :D
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2003

Posted by:madtoast.
Time:9:03 am.
Mood: calm.
Not so special I guess. Man, I'm sleepy. And I went to bed at 12:30 last night as opposed to 1... I have no idea what to wear to school today. I'm glad I got my newspaper shiznit done. Cept for that stupid Senior Class beat. Augh. Church tonight... Test in English over Paradise Lost... I hated that stupid 'poem'. I'm sorry, but I thought it was ridiculous... And the eco test which I haven't studied for yet... but I SHOULD in theory be able to do it in 5th. I had a VERY disturbing dream last nght. Holy shit, I can't even write about it. Too too messed up. And Jonathan was in it. WTF? I spilled this huge glass of water on my carpet at about 4am last night and it still hasn't dried up. Eh, I'm sad today. =(

That is all.

wow... 900. what a deal.
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Saturday, January 4th, 2003

Posted by:melody_chan.
Time:11:40 am.
Mood: amused.
I found this while searching for band geeks like me... I'll have to try this with a few of my friends. It sounds like fun. Mind if I join? I play the clarinet, but I've always wanted to be a french horn...!

Anyway, I saw Drumline too, and it was pretty good. I like the 'all about the tubas' part. It was very drum oriented, tho (thus DRUMline, eh?) but I still found it entertaining. I especially like 'The Flight of the Bumblebee'. Wish my band could play that...!


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Friday, December 27th, 2002

Posted by:madtoast.
Time:1:12 am.
Mood: blah.
I actually enjoyed this movie for some reason. It was entertaining, but on a different level b/c I'm in band. Not in a black band hehe, but just a regular old marching band... or should I say was??? I'll never march again, haha... suckahz. I didn't feel like going to the movie tonight, but mom practically begged me. I hate it when she does that. She just won't quit asking me till I say yes. Then Mitchell came too. I don't like going to the movies with my family. As fate would have it Chris was there with a huge group of friends. And I was with my mom and little brother... oh, you're so cool Lace. But it was really nice he came down and said hi to me and talked to me for a good while after the movie. It's really weird... I've run into him twice within the same week. I never do that with people. The world works in mysterious ways. I was gonna invite Aaron to tag along with us, but his phone was busy... so next time I guess. And I get home at 1am and no one's on for me to talk to. Even Margot's out. I'm wide awake and bored. I am done with my Texas Common App... Finished it tonight. Me and Dad will have to go over it together sometime soon. I can't submit it till January 3rd... that's what the site said. And I have a good idea for my essay, so we're good to go. I'm also gonna apply to UT. Yep, that's right. Geez my life has been pretty boring lately. Mickey added me back on his friends list. I was kinda surprised, but glad. Maybe I'll stay on a little longer this time around. I won't bore you anymore... later much.
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Monday, December 23rd, 2002

Posted by:jesterradicus.
Time:8:06 pm.
I found this community while searching for someplace to help me with this new crappy trombone I just acquired, but now this seems like the best idea I've heard recently.

I just need to find some more brassing people around here, as I do have the perfect car, a 1975 Montego, thats about the size of a tank. I still have 2 weeks of break left, fun will be had.
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Tuesday, November 19th, 2002

Posted by:skypony.
Time:1:00 pm.
I miss drive by brassing so much. I really want to go. If I had a brass instrument, I would get in my car right now and go, even though I cant play a brass instrument and it isnt as fun without other people....anyways...I need to go drive by brassing some time soon...people will be home over Thanksgiving with nothing else to do....
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Thursday, October 31st, 2002

Posted by:skypony.
Time:8:59 pm.
Tonight would have been such a great night to go brassing.....
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Sunday, October 6th, 2002

Subject:Brings back memories...
Posted by:jdunson.
Time:7:24 pm.
I ran in to this community while fiddling around with interest searches. Back when I was in high school (early-mid '80s), our band made a few dollars every Christmas season by sending a small group of volunteers to play live music for a local strip mall's "Santa House". (It wasn't much, but every bit helps, and it sure beat selling magazines!) After our hours were up, we'd pile into a giant old boat of a car that our lead trumpet had, and treat the town to a free donation of brass, whether it liked it or not :)

I think the most we managed is six people: trumpet, coronet, two trombones, euphonium, and a tuba. The trumpet was the driver, and nominally only played when we were off the main streets (but was good enough to play off-hand and still drive); coronet in the center front, trombone shotgun (right front), tuba back right, euphonium (me) back left, and the center back trombone over someone's shoulder depending. This was a fairly comfortable arrangement, but sometimes we'd swap me and my euphonium into the shotgun seat and put the two trombones in the center front and back, with slides out the right windows, to get more "broadside" power projecting out the sidewalk side of the car.

Sometimes we'd drive down main street and around town, caroling madly with the occasional fight song or high-energy classical piece thrown in for variety. Other times, especially on weekend nights after dark, we'd cruise silently up to some business, preferably a bar, club, or theater with a big line of people outside, with the instruments pulled inside as much as possible; then on a count of three shining brass and gleaming silver would erupt from every window and they'd be hit with "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen", "Night on Bald Mountain", or some other powerhouse piece from point-blank range.

We were never bothered by the cops; we made sure that the driver had both hands on the wheel when we were on a real street (as opposed to a movie theater parking lot, for instance). As far as we could tell, the town had never considered drive-by brassing when writing ordinances, so there were no rules against playing an instrument from a moving vehicle on the books :) And we kept mostly to Christmas carols, although admittedly primarily high-energy ones, while in residential areas; we cleverly figured that anyone complaining about "a bunch of kids caroling" in their neighborhood would be laughed off as a Scrooge and ignored.

We did consider doing Halloween caroling one year, but sadly never got around to pulling it off.

The other group I've brassed with was an ad-hoc group with me and my euphonium and three tubas in the back of a large van on the way back from a huge regional Tuba Christmas event in DC. It was interstate for most of the way, but we played some as we pulled out and a bit once we got back in to town. We were already pretty brassed out, though; several hundred tubas and related low brass on the Mall under the lights was a real experience.

Seeing the community has really brought back the memories... I think I need to put on a Canadian Brass CD and plot how many of my friends still have instruments in their closets...
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