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  1. At my highschool, which is a relatively modern highschool, we are fortunate to have a well funded arts program. As such, we attract a large crowd of students to both marching band and symphonic band. In my experience of four years, as I am now a senior, I have never played piece so ridiculous and so dramatic to play as Vesuvius. The louds were really loud, the softs were haunting, the dynamics were communicative and emotional, and the rests were… 158 measures long. 158 straight measures in a 3 page piece during which, to add insult to injury, I had to keep track of time in an alternating pattern of 9/8, 3/4, 4/4, and 7/8. Other than that, the only other truly terrible thing to happen to me as a trombone player was when the All State tryout piece required me to play about 12 straight measures in 16th notes, all above the staff and some of which actually expanded into treble clef.

    • Hi, Randall. The trombones have 150 measures of rest in Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, but at least they’re all the same meter and there’s no need to count until the tempo change. It’s good your school district supports the arts, and I hope you’ll enjoy playing trombone for a long time.

  2. Well, I think you should include Harry Watters in this list – I used this video as part of my trombone recruitment vids: https://youtu.be/St-wPHUlUWA

    A couple years ago Harry came out with a multi track recording that is rather impressive: https://youtu.be/g9DT0pvecF4

    Ohte Kwon makes a good performance of it: https://youtu.be/-sNqVB6rkm8

    Love this Urbie Green version, but it won’t qualify for the list: https://youtu.be/FfUBnIm-zdo

    And then my favorite (Sure it ain’t fast, but it swings) from J√úRGEN NEUDERT of the Thilo Wolf Big Band: https://youtu.be/va4a7bng1wQ

    My $.02

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