The "set" is just about ready, the parts are prepped and ready to go, and now all we have to do is set up the tech behind the scenes.
And, I have selected a 'theme song': Kerry Turner's amazing and thrilling brass quintet, "Ricochet". Nothing says 'brass' to me quite like Ricochet. Kerry was kind enough to let me use the recording, and Robert LaPorta of MSR Classics (www.msrcd.com) was kind enough to get me the audio files. If you like it, you can even purchase the track from the Merch section of this web site. The full CD can be purchased from MSR, catalog number MS1064.
The show will open with a 'soft opening' while I have some coffee and share any brass news I can glean from various sources. This week I will review upcoming seminars, workshops, festivals, and retreats. And there are TONS of them. This will be a brass-packed summer.
Then, I will get to discussing a horn bell cut and actually do the soldering of the ring and the cutting of the bell live. Someone said to me, "What if you slip and make a mistake live, on air?" Well, that would certainly make for interesting television! Brass techs are often like high-wire artists. There comes a point where you do something that is almost irretrievable (although practically anything can be fixed when working with metal). You have to trust yourself and your skills, along with the fact that you've done it many, many times in the past.
Dave and Chris are brass technicians who enjoy helping players get the most out of their playing experience.