Trumpet solo in ice castles
donna vreeland last edited by
Ice castle's trumpet solo
I am assuming this to be a serious question about the effect of sub zero performance on the performer.
There is plenty of work already relating to performing out doors in sub zero, check those out.
Marching bands could be a good source of tips in the northern states. I am sure they have faced this question.
I have done this many times and it is never pleasant.
Below a certain temperature around the -5 area intonation and articulation falls apart. That is the single most worrying aspect.
My personal approach is to dress with several layers and insulate the valve block in some way to limit heat loss into the instrument.
Sticky woven bandage like elastoplast can be used on brass contact points with hands. It doesnt seem to affect the instrument intonation and is easily removed later.
Plastic such as delrin mouthpieces can be used to keep the chops warm. I personally dont like the lifeless tone of delrin but the alternative is misery.
Take your usual brass mouthpiece in case you cannot get along with delrin. I use brass and suffer.
It wont be pleasant but you can get through it and still sound professional if you prepare.
Take a towel to rest your equipment on if you have to lay it down.
It is about surviving the gig and still sounding competent it is not about sounding your best.
Best wishes and good luck.
Living in Austria means that I have some experience of playing outside in cold weather...
several hints as to survive and produce something that is not horrible to hear...
Dress warmly, in several layers, keeping care that you remain mobile
Outermost layer should be water- and oil-proof.
Double gloves are useful - finger gloves with no fingertips, then a nice mitten all over to keep warm during long intervals
The Swiss "Brand" turbo mouthpieces are just as warm as Delrin, but produce a nicer sound.
Zip-tie a hand-warmer to the valve block (not a coal-burning one - if they come undone, they will set fire to your gig-bag):
It’s a movie, guys. They probably want to know either who played on it or where to find the music. I remember a song from it being pretty popular when I was a kid - I think it was “Through the Eyes of Love”, or something close to that.
And several ice hotels exist in several countries including Sweden and Canada in December.
Holiday packages are sold for stays in these ice hotels and they have full hotel facilities including cocktail bars, and of course music
Why would they not have small ensembles performing in the ice hotel.
The thread was posted at the time of year when the ice hotels are open for business and very close to christmas day when it would be expected that live performers would perform carols in the ice hotels.
I think the assumption that the OP was talking about how to appear in an ice hotel is a reasonable one given that we are here to help members perform.
If a thread appears entitled Young man with a horn, should we reply Kirk Douglas.
I think the members showed good grace in the answers posted and I am happy to have been part of that.
As for the rest perhaps Donna the OP could confirm that the thread is indeed about a movie and we can all smile about it and be happy to have a light hearted thread posted for Christmas.
If nothing else I am happy to have learned about the movie and the trumpet solo in it. Thank you Donna.
Merry Christmas one and all and happy new year, and Donna please do post again we need active members to keep the site alive.
SSmith1226 last edited by
If this topic is about the Trumpet Solo on the Ice Castles Theme instrumental, as recorded by Marvin Hamlisch, it appears that the most likely artist was John Harner. I base this on the old thread from TH, “The Great Unknown trumpet player on old 1979 Ice Castles recording”. There were several possibilities suggested, but the last post in this thread gives second hand confirmation that John Harner played and recorded this. Below is the link to the TH discussion, a link to a short biography of John Harner, and a YouTube video of the instrumental recording. The Trumpet Solo begins around 2:35.
@Trumpetb wow, you really escalated on that one! Just giving some info appropriate to the thread. Ice hotels are not a common thing in the US, but this movie was pretty popular when it came out. A lot of people in their 50s or older are going to remember it and the theme song, just like I did. I remember playing the song in my piano lessons as a kid. If you asked me about Young Man with a Horn, I remember the 40s dance arrangement that I’ve played a zillion times. If I ever saw the movie I’ve forgotten it. Not sure why you immediately jumped to the thought that I’m here to make fun of you all, just dropped some extremely relevant info!
escalated? are you serious.
that was intended as a clarification.
People escalate things where I am all the time.
There is a guy at the moment who is escalating on me, he is demanding money with menaces if I travel to the city to perform and goes into attack mode when he sees me.
My choices are to run away and never go the city again, or to be beaten up, or pay through the nose for the right to travel to gigs. Or end up in hospital.
And he increases the severity of the attacks whenever we meet. That is escalation.
Not a few words of clarification on a chat site.
I thought I was keeping it light hearted.
You may be reading too much into my words.
@SSmith1226 Thanks for mentioning John Harner; I had forgotten his association with Kenton '76.