[Dixielandjazz] Star Spangled Banner

David Richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Thu Jan 6 23:06:42 PST 2005

I do have to say, as a "slightly not disinterested party" that the 
arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner as done by the Stanford 
University band is exceptionally wonderful! It starts off with an 
unaccompanied,  unadorned single trumpet solo of the first 2 strains. 
If you can imagine this happening in a stadium filled with many 
thousands you might have some idea of the stress put upon that soloist! 
Then the rest of the band comes in a very restrained manner, gradually 
building to a big climax. Not what one expects from the infamous 
LSJUMB, but it is a version of SSB that is known all over the world!

I have performed this version many times (not as that solo trumpeter - 
just as a member of the tuba section - even though I never have been a 
student at Stanford University) and I have always been overwhelmed by 
the arrangement done by Arthur Barnes.

I have also done more traditional arrangements of the SSB in many other 
bands, but I think the LSJUMB version is outstanding...

Dave Richoux

On Jan 6, 2005, at 9:55 PM, <dhs at ev1.net> wrote:

> Dear Listers:
> Over the weekend, I heard a stirring rendition of the Star Spangled 
> Banner
> at a football game.  It was played at the Rose Bowl by the University 
> of
> Michigan Marching Band.  In welcome contrast to the "a capella look at 
> me"
> style, this one was played at a moderately brisk pace by hordes of 
> competent
> brass players.  There may have been woodwinds playing, but the sound 
> picked
> up by the TV mikes was a marvelous giant brass choir.  It sounded 
> wonderful.
> It may have been a coincidence, but in my opinion the Rose Bowl was 
> also the
> most entertaining of the major bowl games, won by the University of 
> Texas
> 28-27 on the game's final play.  I am not a Texas alum, but a lot of my
> friends are.  It was a happy weekend in Austin.
> Regards,
> Dave Stoddard
> Round Rock, TX
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