Friday Songs 2015-16

Friday songs are my way of giving my students exposure to songs, styles and repertoire that they may not listen to on their own.  It also will give them a window into my "varied" tastes in music.  As I tell students, my hope is that I am playing/showing them music that they probably don't have on their own iPod, etc.
Mr. Dyer

Flute Quartet on J.S. Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze"
 A Hollywood film is being planned about classic music.  The director invites 3 actors, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, so he asks them what random artist they want, Bruce Willis chooses Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky, Stallone chooses Beethoven and then he asks Schwarzenegger who says "I'll be Bach!"

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It's not every year that our very own SHS Band teacher Mr. Brant Stai has his birthday on a Friday!
Since Friday 5/20 is his special day, here is a lovely clarinet treatment of "Happy Birthday". Enjoy!

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and here is a Mozart Clarinet Quintet excerpt from the same Clarinetist:

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Count Basie and his Big Band
One of the greatest from the big band era of Jazz.  Notice Freddie Green on the guitar.  What about those hats the trumpets are using!  Can you guess what the correct musical name is for those "trumpet mutes"?

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Sherwood Cadet Percussion Ensemble
1st place in EVERY competition they entered 2016 Winter Season!

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Prince and a KILLER band perform on the Leno Show from 2002
Maceo Parker on Alto, Eric Leeds on Tenor and Greg Boyer on Trombone

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Wicked: Percussion behind the scenes

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Sherwood HS Wind Ensemble playing "Firefly" at a competition


Esperanza Spalding playing at the White House
"Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder
Best New Artist Grammy 2011

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The grand finale from our All District Concert
This view is from in front of our awesome Beginning Band!

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Today we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the composition of "Mighty Oregon"  - the fight song of the University of Oregon.  To mark this occasion, today's Friday Song features four esteemed Staff members of University of Oregon School of Music:  Enjoy their fine musicianship:

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Weather Report consists of four musicians, three of whom learned at the feet of Miles Davis, Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.  The bass player is the iconic Jaco Pastorius (another bass hero of mine).  Joe Zawinul is the keyboardist and one of the composers.  Pay special attention to the middle keyboard as he plays it.  It is wired/programmed in reverse!  The higher notes are on the left!  He did that on purpose just to challenge his mind.  This is their song "Black Market".  

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It's been two years since I had a Mike Prigodich and MPG song for a Friday song. 
Here is an excerpt from Mike's song Lucy Goose, performed live on Thursday 2/18/16
Talk about fresh tracks!!  
Mike on piano, Damian Erskine on bass, Reinhardt Melz on drums and John Nastos on tenor sax

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With our Adv. Band students working on an arrangment of the Grand Canyon Suite,
we'll view excerpts from the following Disney treatment of the original orchestral version.
We'll view at 4:00, 10:25 , 21.59 and 25:52 to catch the parts that roughly reflect our arrangement.

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Christopher Bill gives us a trombone feature for some R n R.  
This guy does awesome multi-track video's and has great chops.

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This week started with MLK Day, so here is one of my favorite James Taylor songs...
I love the lyrics and the music.      lyric link here

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A rather timely addition from the US Army Field Band...

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First Friday Song of 2016
Hiromi - The Tom & Jerry Show

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Sleigh Ride - Leroy Anderson
United States Navy Band

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Christmas Sax Ensemble

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Tuba Christmas Portland 2015 
282 Tubas playing Silent Night 

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12/17 Sleigh Ride
The Maniacal Four Trombone Quartet

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12/16 Bassoon Nutcracker
The Breaking Winds Quartet

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12/11/15 Holiday Music Double Play
 Oboe/English Horn Trio from the Univ. of Mary
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

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Berlin Philharmonic Brass Section
Holiday Concert

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12/4/15 Edward Grieg's Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite
performed by the Stanford Youth Orchestra

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11/20 /15 Here is a Ted Talk by Leila Hawana, our new MS drum coach and MS Cadet Winter Percussion Coach.  Start the video at 12.00

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11/13/15 In honor of Veteran's Day, here is the US Marine Corp's Commandant's Own
Drum Line in performance at 2015 WGI Percussion Championships.

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10/30 and this is one of the greatest blues riff based songs ever!  LRMS has been playing the original (Edgar Winter Group) version, so here is a more current version of "Frankenstein" by Marcus Miller and his band.

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10 23 and it's Back to The Future Week!  Here are the Vienna Horns

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10/15 Here is a Clarinet Quintet from Brazil with amazing virtuosity!

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10/13 was the birthday of my acoustic bass hero - Ray Brown
Here's a video of  him playing with Oscar Peterson and Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
at Montreaux in 1977 - You Look Good To Me

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10/8 and it's TBT... Here is the Ohio State Univ. Flute Choir playing "Hang On Sloopy"

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Friday 10/2 it's Flute Friday!  Here's a really well played Flute Quartet on Canon in D, 
also commonly called Pachelbel's Canon

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So I missed a song for Friday 9/18, so here's a double play Friday on 9/25
This is a group called "Lettuce"... I'll start the video at 6 minutes

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And the second video is something completely different...
SHS's Marching Band show from 9/11

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First Friday of the school year... 9/11/15 Victor Wooten
One of my themes for students this year is "plays well with others".  This requires both musical skill and treating your fellow band members with kindness, patience, humor and grace.  Enjoy one of my bass heroes playing an excerpt from his longer solo on Amazing Grace.

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