Restoring my 1968 Bach Strad Bb Trumpet

This is my dad’s good friend Donny Ray and the original owner of the 1968 Bach Strad.

Donny Ray was a rock musician back in the day.  He became an Aerospace Engineer & recently retired to the mountains of Western North Carolina.  In late 2015 he graciously passed the Bach on to me.  It is a GREAT horn. I love playing it &  can not thank him enough for this horn!

I am going to have the Bach completely restored and probably silver plated.  I thought it would be fun to share this process with my readers.  Tomorrow I will write about who I chose to restore the 1968 Bach Strad.   Iphone Pictures 2_15_2016 508

WMP Performs Feb. 7 & 13, 2016

*Twentieth Century Favorites
Sunday Feb 7, Church of the Epiphany (DC)
Saturday Feb 13, Masonic Memorial (Alexandria, VA)
* Please note the date change from Sunday 2/14 to Saturday 2/13 for the Masonic Memorial Concert *

Maestro James, Conductor
Shaun Tirrell, Pianist
Karl Hovey, Tubist

William Walton “Touch her soft lips and part”
George Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances, op.45
Gioacchino Rossini Largo al Factotum (from The Barber of Seville)

Acclaimed Washington area pianist Shaun Tirrell joins WMP for a scintillating performance of Gershwin’s unique Concerto in F. One of the most striking and original pieces of the 20th century, it packs emotional introspective depth combined with rhythmic vigor and joy in a modern idiom.
The program continues with Rachmaninoff’s last original composition, written in 1940, the Symphonic Dances. The Dances have come to be acknowledged as one of his finest works. Spectacularly orchestrated, the three Dances showcase Rachmaninoff’s trademark gorgeous melodies, rhythmic acrobatics, haunting visions, and finally his belief in the triumph of faith over death.
Rounding out this exciting program is the fourth movement from Walton’s music for Shakespeare’s play, the Henry V Suite. This movement titled “Touch her soft lips and part,” is one of Walton’s most tender and expressive pieces of music.
A special lighthearted treat, not from the 20th but from the 18th century will be the Philharmonic’s principal tubist, Karl Hovey, performing the baritone solo aria, “Largo al factotum” (Make way for the factotum) from Rossini’s Barber of Seville. ​

*From WMPA’s announcement page.

Washington Bach Consort with Stan Curtis

FullSizeRenderIMG_0870(1)On October 6, 2015, the Washington Bach Consort presented Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 95 as part of the Church of the Epiphany’s Noontime Cantata Series.  Stan Curtis played the Corno (Italian for horn).


The students were drawn to Stan.

They were wowed by his playing and his unusual instrument.

Bach’s famous virtuoso trumpeter, Gottfried Reiche, is pictured @ rightReiche-Gottfried-01

Sunday Service with the Immanuel Church on the Hill Choir and Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic members

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On Sunday September 13th, I had the pleasure of performing with the Immanuel Church on the Hill Choir.  This was their first service in their new chapel.  The original Immanual Chapel was destroyed by fire on October 22, 2010.  The new chapel has a beautiful organ that was played by the Music Director, Dr. Jane Tavernier.  It was fun playing with members of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic alongside the Immanuel Chapel Choir.  Thank you Ulysses James and Dr. Jane Tarvenier for this opportunity!  Ulysses James is the Music Director of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic.

University of Miami Frost School of Music Online Class

Hi Everyone!

I just started an online class with the Frost School of Music called Introducing Entrepreneurship For Musicians.  It’s a free two week course through the website Kadenze.  I’ve been learning about goal setting and what it means to be an entrepreneur.  The professor for the course is Rey Sanchez and I can’t wait for my next session!  Please email me if you are interested in the course and want to know my thoughts on it so far!

Here is a link for more info:

Mark Computer Frost Online