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Welcome David Moulton; Thank You Colin Traquair

Capital BrassWorks is pleased to announce that trombone/euphonium player David Moulton has officially joined the group, after filling in for the last year or so. He replaces Colin Traquair, who has made a tremendous contribution to CBW since co-founding it (with Tom Annand) over ten years ago. Colin has written many arrangements, including the massive Pictures at an Exhibition, recorded by the CBC for our second CD, From Russia with Brass. His work for the group has also included the design of numerous posters and the layout for all of our CD booklets. Colin’s playing, whether on trombone or euphonium, has always been a major feature of CBW concerts and recordings, but most of the effort required to keep a large brass ensemble afloat is hidden, iceberg-like, from public view. Colin’s work, both on stage and behind the scenes, will be greatly missed. We owe him a huge debt of thanks, and wish him well.

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A Blogging We Will Go

It is with gratitude and humility that I accept the invitation to blog for a group of such wonderful people with whom I’ve been having the unique pleasure of working since Capital BrassWorks was formed some 12 years ago, some of its members with whom I’ve worked in the NACO for more than 25 years now (how the time doth fly). Through these blogs, I hope to bring you into our world and share not only the “nuts and bolts” (or, in our case, the “crooks and valves”) but some of the more “intimate” (dare I say?) details of what it’s like to be part of such an amazing “brass-roots” organization (see: corny trombonist’s humor).

For example, last Friday, March 11, we were coming to the end of our first of a half dozen rehearsals that we will have for our upcoming Dramatic Brass concert at a new venue, Parkdale United, On Friday, March 25 (shameless plug) where we’ll be releasing our fabulous 4th CD entitled Brass Britannia (another shameless plug). As often happens when we’re intensely involved in our work, carefully crafting each phrase, attending to each minute detail, there comes a time where things start to…well, come off the rails…we start to get a wee bit punchy, perhaps because of all of that blowing we do, loss of oxygen, etc.. Our fearless conductor, Alain Cazes, an excellent tuba player in his own right, doing his best to keep us focused to the very last note, gets a call on his cell. Meanwhile, his darling wife Louise has accompanied him to Ottawa from their hometown of Montreal and she’s sitting quietly off to one side of the rehearsal room. Someone blurts out, “It’s your wife! She’s wondering why you’re not spending more time with her!” Laughter ensues. His reply, “Shh, not so loud. It’s my other wife!” Amidst more howls of laughter, he then adds with his customary huge, warm-hearted grin, “Hey folks, we’re supposed to look like we’re working here!”

Well, to me, that just about sums it up. I feel so very blessed to be with co-workers whose attitudes are such that, as long as we’re making the best music we can, we see the making and sharing of music as a wonderful form of therapy and multiple doses of laughter are definitely the best medicine. We do take our music-making very seriously, but not ourselves too seriously and I think we’ve been successful in communicating the essence of that to our audience all of these years, many of whom faithfully attend all of our concerts. For this we are eternally grateful.

Videos from Museum of Nature Grand Re-Opening

VideoManOttawa was kind enough to film two videos of the group playing at the re-opening ceremonies last Saturday. It’s a great way to see and hear the group in action.

Thanks VideoManOttawa! The videos turned-out nicely!

Capital BrassWorks’ Douglas Burden Talks About the Group

Check-out the post by Capital BrassWorks’ Douglas Burden (Bass Trombone) just last week on the group’s latest activities getting ready for the upcoming MusicFest Canada Educational Concerts on May 21 and May 22, followed immediately by the Museum of Nature Grand Reopening Ceremony taking place May 22.