The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps

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The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps is a service organization for high school and college trumpet players to use their musical gifts to serve others.

Their main project is volunteering to play Taps at veterans’ funerals to help with the shortage of military buglers. Due to this shortage, most veterans are laid to rest with a tape recording of Taps instead of a live performance. They believe that those who serve our country and fight for our freedom deserve more than just a recording.

The Youth Trumpet & Taps Corps was founded by Katie Prior as her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Mission
They strive to use their musical gifts to serve and honor those who have served our country.

Projects
Sounding Taps at veterans’ funerals
Performing Branch of Service Songs at veterans’ funerals
Performing patriotic music at Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day ceremonies
Greeting arriving and departing soldiers at the airport
Assisting with veteran organization fundraisers

Supporters
Jefferson Awards Foundation
Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma
Oklahoma Funeral Directors Association
Dignity Memorial
Bruce Chidester of the Branson Trumpet Ensemble

Donors
Bob & Betty Chatham
Dave & Karen Prior
Mike Doyle
Hawthorn Suites – Midwest City, Oklahoma
Sunnylane Funeral Home – Del City, Oklahoma
The Horn Trader
Larsen Music Company / Edmond Music
Penders Music

Performances
Memorial Day Ceremony | Sunnylane Cemetery – May 2014
22 Crosses Awareness | State Capitol Lawn – September 2014
OHB God & Country Concert | Midwest City – October 2014
Veteran’s Day Ceremony | VA Medical Center – November 2014
Women’s Veterans Monument Dedication | Del City – November 2014
Wreaths Across America | Sunnylane Cemetery – December 2014

Be sure to visit their web site at …..

http://trumpetandtaps.org/

and their Facebook page at…….

https://www.facebook.com/TrumpetAndTaps

Music Business Definitions‏

No explanations needed….

AGENT: a character who resents performers getting 90% of his salary.
ARRANGER: a guy who writes to support a drinking habit.
BALLET: an art form for people with eating disorders.
BANDSTAND: the area furthest away from an electrical outlet.
BIG BAND: nowadays, an aggregation consisting of two musicians.
BROADWAY PIT JOB: a prison sentence disguised as a gig.
CABARET: a venue where singers do songs from shows that closed out of town.
CATERER: a man whose hatred for musicians is unrivaled.
CHANTEUSE: a singer with an accent and no time.
CLASSICAL COMPOSER: a man ahead of his time and behind on his rent.
CLUB DATE LEADER: someone who changes his name from Kaminsky to Kaye.
CONTINENTAL VIOLINIST: a guy who rushes like he’s trying to catch the last train to Budapest.
CONTRACTOR: a man whose funeral nobody goes to.
CRUISE SHIP WORK: a gig that gives a musician two reasons to throw up.
DJ: the guy your son would rather have play his Bar Mitzvah.
DOUBLEBASS: the instrument the folks footing the bill feel is unnecessary.
DOWNBEAT: the magazine that would have you believe that all jazz musicians are working.
ELECTRIC PIANO: the instrument that enables its player to pay for the hernia he sustained lifting it.
HOTEL PIANIST: a guy who looks good in a tux.
JAZZ: the only true American art form beloved by Europeans.
JAZZ FESTIVAL: an event attended by folks who think Coltrane is a car on the B&O railroad.
LYRIC: that part of a tune known only by singers.
MELLOPHONE: an instrument best put to use when converted into a lamp.
METRONOME: the archenemy of chanteuses and cantors.
MOVIE COMPOSER: someone who can write like anyone except himself.
NEW AGE : a musical substitute for Valium.
NEW YEARS EVE: the night of the year when contractors are forced to hire musicians they despise.
ORCHESTRATOR: the musician who enhances a composer’s music, only to be chastised for it.
PERCUSSIONIST: a drummer who can’t swing.
PERFECT PITCH: the ability to pinpoint any note and still play or sing out of tune.
PIANIST: an archaic term for a keyboard player.
PRODIGY: a kid who has as much chance at a normal childhood as the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.
RAGA: the official music of New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
RARE VIOLIN: a Stradivarius, not to be confused with a rare violinist, which is someone over four foot eleven.
SIDEMAN: the appellation that guarantees a musician will never be rich.
STAFF MUSICIAN : harder to locate than a cavity in the Osmond family.
STEADY ENGAGEMENT: look up in Webster’s Dictionary under the word ”obsolete.”
24\7: the time signature of the national anthem of India. Also, a Don Ellis chart.
UNION REP: a guy who thinks big bands are coming back.
VERSE: the part of a tune that’s disposable, except to its composer.
VIOLA D’AMORE: a baroque string instrument and coincidentally the hooker Bach lost his virginity to.
WURLITZER : the Ford Pinto of pianos.
YANNI: a man blessed with great hair for music.

Transcriptions and Record copies Made Easier

We have had a few questions about an easier way to transcribe solos and copy arrangements off recordings and I will share a few tips which will make this laborious and time consuming process a little easier.

Start with our old friend Audacity or any other recording program which is able to reduce digitally the tempo of your recording without changing the pitch.

Step #1.
Record the solo or arrangement and save.

Step #2.
In the Edit draw down, select the “all” feature.

Step #3.
From the Effects button, click on “Change Tempo”

Step #4.
In the Change Tempo window, move the slider to the left until you reach 50%.

Step #5.
Click on OK and wait.

Step #6.
Now that you have your solo or arrangement slowed down to half the original tempo, highlight the first four measures of the material.

Step #7.
Work on this section by repeatedly clicking on the “play” button.

Step #8.
Continue by four or eight measure segments until you have completed your copy.

By slowing the original material down to half speed, you should be able to figure out the notes more easily. On more complicated and more rapid material, slow the tempo down even more.

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