Instrumentation: Brass Quintet Instruments: 2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba
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This piece for brass quintet started life as a somewhat awkward mixed-meter groove. I began to layer different textures over the top and when I played some of it for my wife, she said it sounded like traffic. I took that idea and went with it.
Road Rage consists of several different scenes in a standard daily commute. Imagine you’re in a traffic helicopter watching from above, with each instrument featured as we focus attention on each vehicle before returning to the opening thematic material to end the work.
In order to help you visualize the scene: Tuba = a semi-truck, just moving along at its own pace, maybe a bit hopped up on No-Doz to make it to the end of the route; Horn = sports car, zooming through traffic just a bit too fast; Trombone = an emergency vehicle, moving quickly and confidently, hitting the siren every once in a while to warn the tuba and horn it’s coming through; Trumpets = commuters, annoyed at the confusion that others are creating and honking their horns in protest. In the fall of 2004, Road Rage was selected for performance at the Appalachian State University Brass Chamber Music Forum, honoring the 50th anniversary of the New York Brass Quintet, where it received an award for excellence in composition.
Joshua Hauser, Professor of Trombone at Tennessee Technological University, has performed extensively in styles ranging from classical to jazz and rock. He holds degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and the University of Georgia. He is an active performer on both trombone and euphonium, and has performed and recorded with numerous classical and jazz artists including the Nashville Symphony, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble (Marching, Ragging, and Mourning: Brass Band Music of New Orleans, 1900-1920) and Widespread Panic (‘Til The Medicine Takes).
Dr. Hauser has several compositions and arrangements for trombone ensemble and brass quintet published through Cimarron Music Press, Kagarice Brass Editions, and Music Express Publishing and his setting for solo trombone and wind band of Arrows of Time by Richard Peaslee, was premiered in March 2000 at the Eastern Trombone Workshop by New York Philharmonic principal trombonist Joseph Alessi with the U. S. Army Band, and has been recorded by Scott Hartman and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble for Summit Records.
His recent educational publications for 4-part trombone ensemble, Donut Etudes, v1 and v2, have received widespread acclaim for their use as ensemble coordination studies for trombones. Requests by educators and musicians have prompted a continuing project to create a series of coordination studies for other wind instruments.
In addition to his numerous arrangements and transcriptions for mixed brasses and jazz ensembles, Dr. Hauser has also done several arrangements for Winston Morris and the Tennessee Tech Tuba Ensemble, including Sister Sadie by Horace Silver, Sidewinder by Lee Morgan, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by G. F. Handel, and theToccata from Symphony V by Charles-Marie Widor, all of which were recorded for Mark Records on the TTTE’s Play That Funky Tuba Right, Boy!, Carnegie VI and the upcoming Carnegie VIII. He was also a featured soloist and arranger on several jazz and classical compositions onShazam! by the Brass Arts Quintet, also available from Mark Records. Dr. Hauser was the featured soloist on his own composition, EuPhunk for 8-part Euphonium Ensemble and Drums, as a member of Euphoniums Unlimited, a large euphonium ensemble project lead by R. Winston Morris whose eponymous CD was released by Mark Records in December, 2004.
In April, 2005, Dr. Hauser recorded a CD of compositions for solo trombone and winds with the Tennessee Tech Symphony Band conducted by Joseph Hermann titled Slide Ride. Works recorded include Alexandre Guilmant’s Morceau Symphonique, the World Premiere recording of TTU composer Greg Danner’s Slide Ride, Eric Ewazen’sConcerto for Trombone and Band, Dr. Hauser’s setting of Richard Peaslee’s Arrows of Time, Three Miniatures by Anthony Plog, andReflective Mood by Sammy Nestico.
The Brass Arts Quintet’s 2006 recording, Serengeti: Brass Arts Quintet and Friends, includes his award winning composition, Road Rage, published through Cimarron Music Press, and also features Dr. Hauser as trombone soloist in a new setting of Tommy Dorsey’s Trombonologyarranged for solo trombone with brass quintet, published through Kagarice Brass Editions.
Fall of 2013 saw the release of both Dr. Hauser’s collaboration with TTU Professor of Percussion Dr. Eric Willie titled edge (ej) and the 50thanniversary recording of the Brass Arts Quintet, Suites and Treats. Consisting entirely of new works for tenor and bass trombone and percussion with the exception of William Kraft’s seminal Encounters IV: Duel for Trombone and Percussion, edge (ej) features commissions from TTU Professor Greg Danner and Doug Bristol as well as works by Aaron Dale, Perry Goldstein, Christian Lindberg, and David William Brubeck.Suites and Treats features works composed and/or arranged specifically for TTU’s Brass Arts Quintet, including Hauser’s own Juba Groove,Fanfare and Groove, and new settings of Holiday for Strings and Sweet Georgia Brown.
Under Dr. Hauser’s direction, Trombones at Tech, the TTU Trombone Choir, has performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2006 TNMEA conference, at the 2007 Eastern Trombone Workshop, at the 2011 Tennessee State Fair, and were invited performers at both the 2013 International Trombone Workshop in Columbus, GA and the Atlanta Trombone Ensemble’s 2014 International Trombone Week concert. Trombones at Tech contribute to their ongoing mission to encourage knowledge and appreciation of the trombone through the performance of works for multiple trombones through their performances, recordings and by bringing guest artists to middle TN. In recent years, they have hosted guest performances on campus by Joseph Alessi, Ron Barron, James Box, Brad Edwards, Tom Ervin, Bill Huber, Don Lucas, Matt Niess and the Capitol Bones, Quatour du Sud, Slide Company (Roy Agee, Chris Dunn, Barry Green, Josh Hauser, and Bill Huber, trombones), and the Trombones de Costa Rica.
Dr. Hauser’s current duties at Tennessee Tech include teaching applied trombone, music theory, and instrumentation; directing Trombones at Tech, the TTU Trombone Choir; and performing with both the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and as director of the Brass Arts Quintet.
Joshua Hauser is an S. E. Shires performing artist.
|Delivery||PDF download, Shipped (printed)|
|Instrument||2 Trumpets, Horn, Trombone and Tuba|
|Publisher||Cimarron Music Press|