Bill Pritchard is a bad, bad man. He is a good friend and one hell of a creative force within the brass and tuba world today. I love how he is always moving his art forward, not just trying to "master" what he can already do. We can all learn a lot from him.Read More
Jonathan Dorn has played tuba for everyone from Leon Redbone to The Philadelphia Orchestra and got to hang out with John Belushi in the 70s, 'nuff said. He shares incredible (and hilarious stories) from over 50 years in the business.Read More
Without a doubt this is the most important conversation that we've had in 2.5 years of Brass Junkies interviews.
We were joined again by our dear friend Joanna Hersey who is currently the President of the International Women's Brass Conference. She went in depth about what it is like to be a woman in a male-dominated brass world. Probably my favorite part was when she offered some incredibly practical suggestions for how we can empower young women who play brass.Read More
Andy Bove is one of the most talented dudes I know. As you will hear in this episode, we go way back to 1991 when we were both students at the Empire Brass Seminar at Tanglewood.
Seriously, Andy is a phenomenal tuba player, one of the best recording engineers in the world and just an all-around incredible musicians. I have learned so much from him over the years. I had a whole lot of fun making this episode.Read More
David Silverman plays a sousaphone with flames shooting out the bell and was one of the original animators on The Simpsons! I feel like this possibly makes him the perfect human.
In all seriousness, he is a Hollywood legend and a fixture at Burning Man. What a life this guy has led! It was a blast talking to him about all of it. (Especially asking him about the Simpsons episode that featured Phish!)Read More
This was perhaps the funniest episode we've done yet. A listener took us up on a challenge we never thought anyone would ever do: perform an audition behind a screen on a vuvuzela. We were true to our word and had the University of Tennessee student on the podcast but didn't tell him that his teacher was on the line, too. Hilarity ensued. Dr. Lapins also went into some great details about preparing for a college auditions.Read More
Dennis is one of the best tuba players and teachers you'll ever met. It was only a matter of time before he was running the whole show at UNCG because they don't come much smarter than him, which you can tell from this interview.Read More
David Zerkel is, in my opinion, one of the handful of best tuba soloists in the world. He is a phenomenal musician and musical storyteller who just happens to play the tuba. Don't get me wrong, he is also one of the best tuba operators in the world, but it is his storytelling that leaves me in awe and usually headed to the practice room after hearing him perform.Read More
Scott is one of those crazy talented musicians that seems to have no limitations at all. His tuba playing, writing, piano playing and showmanship are all world class. You kind of have to be a little in awe of people who can do that many things that well!Read More
Do want to sum up Carol Jantsch in one story? Earlier this year she became the first tuba soloist to ever perform on the subscription series of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She performed her solo four times in a week and every time was asked by the audience to play an encore. So she proceeded to play a different solo as an encore all four nights!
I was backstage after the final performance and one of the violins in the orchestra came up to her and told her that her playing that week had made him reevaluate his entire approach to his own instrument.
She is a generational talent and was a wonderful interview.Read More
Michael Parker is not only one hell of a tuba player. He has also had an incredible amount of success with Parker Mouthpieces in a very short period of time. Many of the finest players in the world play on his stuff and it is only getting better.
Whenever I have an equipment question about anything at all, Michael is the first guy I ask. We were roommates in college and he has been one of my best friends ever since.Read More