Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Horns, homeless horns - Houghton Horns, LLC - July 2011

Another visit to Keller, Texas to visit Houghton Horns. 105 degrees and counting. More about Dennis, Katie, Mark, Vurl, Chris and the horn elves coming, if I don't melt away.

Vurl Bland
software fun

Bought a really great mute from Dennis on my trip - a TrumCor

For my Lawson which I am currently playing most of the time this summer it covers all the ranges from pedal notes to the high "highs" and the focus is wonderful. Works like a charm on the Gershwin show I am playing right now. Haven't tried it yet in my Rauch. Bought my Dennis Wick mouthpiece from Houghton Horns earlier this summer and have used it successfully on both horns.

 - - - a few more photos on the way - - -

update 8-2-2011 - Been back and forth to Dallas/FW in recent weeks for family matters and was playing a musical here which just finished this past Sunday. Lot of driving on I-20 and way too much on I-635, 35E, 35W, 820, I-30 and Central Expressway. UGH!!!!! (A nightmare). And not much time to edit photos. Just returned from Dal/FW again tonight. Playing catch-up . . . . . . and waiting for the heat to abate to something more normal. 108 in Dallas and FW yesterday and today. When you're trying to pack and repack a car with too many things (7 or 8 trips with several 50 lb. boxes and bags) from a 3rd floor apartment and the parking lot is toasting at 120 two days in a row, it's time to fry some eggs and bacon and get inside.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

MInden God and Country Patriotic Concert presented July 1, 2011 at Minden Civic Center


The Minden Community Chorus with orchestra led by Dan Gibbs paid homage to our country's past and present patriots and armed forces personnel, Friday, July 1, at the Minden Civic Center with songs of inspiration and patriotic glory. This program is an indoor seasonal Ark-La-Tx concert and picnic event with chorus and orchestra, many of whom have been members since the very first concert in Minden.

Flags of 5 military branches of the Armed Services

director Dr. Dan Gibbs

MC/Narrator Melinda Coyer

pianist Claudia Gibson

'cellist Claudia Sullivan
percussionist Steven Hitt

flutist Arthur Williams

violist Mona Rester

bassist Ben Carter

trombonist Dr. Douglas Peterson in his original dress military uniform

Concertmaster Christopher Reed

violinist Angela Russell

Flutist Sally Horak

percussionist Melissa Wilson
also member of Army National Guard