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May 25, 2012 6:21 AM   Subscribe

The Boston Pops brass section reveals their warm-up techniques.
posted by swift (16 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

With regards to the high notes contest - if you're in high school and are auditioning for all state band on trumpet and they use a group warm-up room, warm up on your own in a corner and don't listen to anyone else. Then after you're done with your audition, come back to the warm up room and go wild. Play loudly and as high as you can. Why? It weakens your competition if they engage. Not that I ever did this 3 times.
posted by plinth at 6:38 AM on May 25, 2012 [10 favorites]


Once again proving that brass are the juveniles of the orchestra.
posted by ReeMonster at 6:41 AM on May 25, 2012


Not as funny as I expected. Did I miss something, or am I just crabby this morning?
posted by wittgenstein at 6:45 AM on May 25, 2012


Someone should also do a video about the BSO's brutal hazing rituals. I hear you can either be "jumped in" or "sexed in".
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 6:57 AM on May 25, 2012


Cute, but that was about it. Could have cut it in half. I guess BSO and brass players do have personality even if it is geek humor.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:19 AM on May 25, 2012


I hear you can either be "jumped in" or "sexed in".

I've heard it's "Blood in, blood out."
posted by drezdn at 8:22 AM on May 25, 2012


I vote Michael Martin for best warm up. Kicking a dumpster is truly THE universal warm up.
posted by FatRabbit at 8:37 AM on May 25, 2012


Not as funny as I expected.

I think that's why I liked it so much. Verisimilitude!
posted by straight at 9:04 AM on May 25, 2012


you are crabby this morning
posted by liza at 9:23 AM on May 25, 2012


Oh man, brass players. Be still my beating heart.

At some point while I was singing in school choir- possibly the year I was in All-State Choir (a fluke in that they were looking for people with zero vibrato that year)- I encountered the most adorable trumpet player. His trumpet was silver, and to this day I'm not sure if that was because he bought it that way or he was just too lazy to polish it. I can't even really remember what he looked like, just that he was tall, a bit lanky, probably had a strong jawline, and OMG trumpet. I don't even think he was that good of a trumpet player, just adorable and when a guy like that blows on an instrument like that and makes a sound like that, well. I had a terrible crush on this boy for like a week and he would carry his trumpet around in the hallways and I would get this warm feeling rising in my chest whenever I saw him. Of course I never talked to him, never found out his name, etc. because I was like 15 and Not Good Enough So What's the Point.

There really isn't a point to this story except to say that most brass players still make me feel that way. So I might go watch this video again.
posted by sarahnade at 9:45 AM on May 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


This is adorable and awesome and I appreciate the fun and effort put forth, but I am left wondering who forgot to check the expiration date on 'The Office' style confessional jokery.
posted by sibboleth at 9:57 AM on May 25, 2012


Sibboleth, in a brass section no form of humor, no matter how primitive, ever expires. It's like working in a kitchen but in tuxes.
posted by TheRedArmy at 10:30 AM on May 25, 2012 [5 favorites]


I, for one, am delighted to see that decorum, professionalism and utter dedication to the craft have not penetrated the brass section at any level.
posted by halfbuckaroo at 10:48 AM on May 25, 2012 [4 favorites]


That first-chair trumpet player has the decorum at least to look embarrassed.

But I'm pretty sure he's just pretending.
posted by straight at 11:44 AM on May 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is adorable and awesome and I appreciate the fun and effort put forth, but I am left wondering who forgot to check the expiration date on 'The Office' style confessional jokery.

Classical musicians spend most of their time hip-deep in 200-year old music. We are not what you would really call au courant. Trust me, for the breed, this is fresh, clever, and up to the minute.

I laughed my ass off.
posted by KathrynT at 1:21 PM on May 25, 2012


Holy cow, I'm having flashbacks to orchestra rehearsals in university. The brass section was basically just like this, and once a few beers had been consumed at the Royal Oak pub afterward, the piccolo trumpet duels would start. Lucky for us the Oak was used to us and didn't kick us out...
posted by LN at 1:26 PM on May 25, 2012


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