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Majesty Brass Ensemble -- For All the Saints
Comments about this recording from Frank
Number two is that many outstanding brass players and teachers who teach brass have always used vocal principles in playing their instruments. Emory Remington, who taught trombone at the Eastman School of Music for almost half a century, and with whom I studied 50 years ago, taught this to all his students. He said: "I didn't blow the horn. I sang into it with as little resistance as possible. From the very beginning, I have always treated the instruments as just another voice."
As you listen to the outstanding musicians on this recording, I believe you will hear that concept being applied in the low and even the high ranges of the instruments. The resulting blend of the choir of instruments cannot be described, it must be experienced.
I believe the Bible also teaches that we are to play our instruments as skillfully as we possibly can. Even the casual listener will recognize that the brass musicians on this recording have spent many years developing and refining their God-given talents. My prayer and desire is that all who hear the beautiful sounds made by the combined efforts of all those who have been involved in producing this recording will think about the words of the songs and will be drawn closer to the Lord and be inspired to use their talents to glorify our wonderful Savior who gave us the marvelous gift of music.
Singing His Praises,
The message inside the CD cover reads...
At the age of 15, Frank began arranging for brass ensembles when he and his brothers performed in a brass trio throughout the New England states. As both student and faculty member at Bob Jones University, he arranged music for brass ensembles and choirs representing the University at music conventions, including the music Educators National Conference. While there, Dr. Garlock also founded and directed the University Trombone Choir and Brass Quintet.
His background includes studies with Enrico Bozzaco of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and with Emory Remington, the renowned trombone teacher at the Eastman School of Music where Dr. Garlock did his graduate work. One of his own students achieving acclaim is Don Harwood, outstanding trombonist of the New York Philharmonic for over 30 years.
Dana Everson joins Dr. Frank Garlock as a contributing arranger to this new brass offering. His unique stylings lend a creative edge which parallel the works of Dr. Garlock. Mr. Everson has had over 300 instrumental arrangements published that speak to the heart and also inspire musicians of every level.
Currently working on his doctorate in Sacred Ministries, Mr. Everson holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. Over 20 years, he served at Music Professor at Delta College of University Center, Michigan, and has also arranged for both the Michigan State University and Wichita State University Marching Bands. He is presently an instructor of music at Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wisconsin, where he teaches music theory, counterpoint, instrumental conducting, instrumental arranging, and private instruction in piano and woodwinds. Mr. Everson directs the Northern Brass Team which travels for the college throughout the United States and Canada.
"For All The Saints" is a sampling of the brass ensemble and brass choir arrangements of both Frank Garlock and Diana Everson. Dr. Garlock refers to the large brass groups as "choirs" since the styling for brass instruments is very vocal approach. Many people think of brass instrumentation as loud and bombastic, but can be pleasantly surprised at the variety of sounds and styles possible with trumpets, trombones, and French horns. This recording demonstrates the amazing depth and breadth of sounds that are possible with a brass choir.