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2011 Northwest Brass Band Festival

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2008 Brasscast:

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Fall 2007 Concert :

Get your copy of the HBBB CD!

Humboldt Bay Brass Band

CD cover: "Pageantry of Brass" photo of lighthouse

27 pieces British-style Brass Band
[ 24 brass and three percussion with pipe organ, and piano]
Music from 1600 to 2005

Select linked titles to listen to excerpts:

Featuring :
Rondeau .......... Mouret (theme used for “Masterpiece Theater")
Nunc Dimittis ... Domine ....... Giovanni Gabrieli
Egyptian March ...... Verdi (the Grand March from Aida)

Four recordings of music of Humboldt County :
The Sunken Rock (1865) ............. Russell / Nichols
Sequoia Carnival (1895) ............. J. L. Inman
Humboldt March (1903) ........... Fred Ellis
Eureka March (1903) ............... Bert Pasco
Four Dot Flourish (2005) ........ Gil Cline

Single copy total is $12 (no extra S/H)

Check payable to: HSU Music Dept.

Professor Gilbert Cline
Department of Music
Humboldt State Music Dept.
Arcata, CA 95521

Review by Kenneth Brungess - - - - - AUG 13, 2005:

If you love bands, then you’ll love “Pageantry of Brass,” a new recording by maestro Gil Cline & cie. The Humboldt Bay Brass Band is part of the much-heralded brass ensemble “experience” at Humboldt State University located on California’s beautiful northern coast. The band’s instrumentation is typical of Great Britain and New Zealand aggregations, boasting soprano e-flat cornets, b-flat cornets, e-flat tenor horns, trombones, baritone horns and euphonia, e-flat tubas, double b-flat tubas, organ [on the Gabrieli], and various percussion. The CD was recorded [without “sweetening” the EQ] in the university’s acoustically excellent Fulkerson Recital Hall.

Everything on this recording is beautifully interpreted, and the “bottom-up” balance, enhanced by the conical construction of the instruments, results in a goose bump-producing sound! [As opposed to the top-heavy, strident tone of many of our American bands.] Probably the best example of this on the album is the [Giovanni] Gabrieli Nunc Dimittis which was written for the Cathedral of San Marco in Venice in 1597. In the liner notes we are asked to listen for a Da Vinci ‘Devine Proportion’ event lasting .618 in duration at 2:44 into the piece. [Quite a phenomenon!] Also from the high renaissance are the selections from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo [circa 1608, and around the time of the convening of the Florentine Camerata]. Gil Cline is a world-class virtuoso performer on the natural baroque trumpet [clarino] and the medieval-renaissance cornetto. As a result, the interpretation of this selection is right-on! There is also judicious use of the [realized] percussion parts and instrumental ornamentation.

Another tour de force for the band is the well-known March Egyptien [Grand March] by Verdi which originally called for offstage brass. Following are three pieces associated with Humboldt County: Sequoia Carnival March, Humboldt March, and Eureka March. All three are energetically and expertly performed, with the “center piece” being the liveliest of the three. [An American march tempo as opposed to the slower, more ceremonial late 19th century German/European style of the outer two pieces.]

Pageantry is the finale and comes from “across the pond.” It was a contest piece for the 1937 Championships, and is in three movements: fast, slow, fast. Dr. Cline, in his liner notes, reports that each competing band played the same work. The judges were enclosed in a screened fabric box [so as not to be “visually influenced”] and were expected to pick a winner after hearing the same selection all day! The piece is quite advanced harmonically for its time, and includes asymmetrical meters in 5/4 and 7/4.

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