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Get to Know Brassview

Posted February 21st, 2017  |  By A4A.admin

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CSMA welcomes Brassview for a free family concert in Tateuchi Hall on Saturday, February 26 at 7:30pm. Get to know some of the members of Brassview as they discuss how music education has helped shaped them, as well as share some advice for music students.

Carrie Campbell, Horn (and CSMA Music School Director)

How did you begin playing music?

My parents were both musicians/teachers so there was music from birth probably!  We had a rule though that when you start school, you start piano lessons, so my siblings and I all started piano around 5. I stuck with it and added horn in middle school band. My sister tried a few different things (piano, harp, horn) and my brother is a pretty killer drummer.

Did you have access to music education in school? If not, how did you find your way into music

Yes, I did. My elementary school had full time art and music teachers (still does!).

Tell us about a great music teacher you had.

I’ve had several, but the one that probably had the most influence on me was my horn professor at the University of Georgia, Dr. Jean Martin-Williams. I was planning on majoring in piano before I auditioned for her and my instrument decision quickly became horn! She was fairly young when she took that job and I was always really impressed with how she handled herself in a school that was filled with “the old boy network” at the time. She steered me in the right direction on my instrument, and I left school feeling like I knew exactly how to be a professional musician. She taught about technique and musicality, but also about respect, hard work, how to figure things out for yourself, and most of all, how to present yourself in a professional manner.

How often do you practice and/or rehearse?

The group tries to get together at least once a month. Leading up to a concert, we’ll put in 4-5 good solid rehearsals. Since I have a full time office job, I don’t practice as regularly as some. When there is a concert coming up I get back on the practicing train. There was a period in my life where I was putting in 3-4 hours per day for several years, so I feel like that time has put me in a good position to get back into shape really quickly when needed.

What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

It’s possible to work hard and have fun at the same time! As a musician, the two are not mutually exclusive. I think having both in your life is essential to becoming successful in anything you do. So many young musicians who want to do this for a living either don’t work hard enough or don’t know how to enjoy themselves. It takes both to be successful.

Chris Barnes, Trumpet

How did you begin playing music?

I began playing music when my mom took me to a music store.  We were deciding what instrument to play.
Me:  “How about drums?’ 
Mom: “No way, too loud”
Me: “How about the Tenor Saxophone?”
Mom: “Nope, too expensive to rent”
Me: “How about the flute?”
Mom: “Nope, only the girls play the flute.  How about the trumpet?
Me: “Ok…..I guess” 

Turned out to be the right fit for me.  Haven’t put it down since.

Did you have access to music education in school? If not, how did you find your way into music?

I did have access to music in school when I first started. In my public school, we had recorder classes in 3rd grade. We could play in the band in 4th grade, and that’s when I started playing the trumpet.

Tell us about a great music teacher you had.

One of the great teachers I had was Jay Rizetto. I remember showing up to an early morning lesson. I’d had a late night gig the night before, and I only had a couple hours of sleep and was completely unprepared. He knew it within 30 seconds of walking into his studio.

Jay: “Did you practice this week?”
Me: “Sorry Jay, no I didn’t practice the assignment for this week”
Jay: “Did you bring the check?”
Me: “Yes”
Jay: “Great, I’ll take that and I’ll see you next week”

I never showed up to another lesson unprepared ever again. With him or any teachers since then. He was tough but a really great mentor. Once he knew I was taking it seriously, he took it more seriously too and pushed me really hard. I learned so much in those lessons.

How often do you practice and/or rehearse?

We as a group live in different cities and are all very busy performing and teaching. It is tough to schedule times to get us all in the same room. If we’re lucky we rehearse once a month. On my own, I usually practice 7 days a week. I practice more during the week, usually playing 4-8 hours per day - 3-4 hours of practicing and then 3-4 hours playing during lessons. On the weekends when I am performing I practice less and more warm up and get ready for the weekends performances.

What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

The best advice I can give young musicians is to take lessons from the best teacher you possibly can. I have learned the most about my instrument, musicality, self confidence, how to practice and so much more from musicians I respected and wanted to sound like. Go ask that person a million questions. You can also never be too prepared for any lesson, rehearsal, performance. The more I prepare the more I am relaxed, confident, and the more fun I have.

Jonathan Seiberlich, Tuba (and CSMA Music4Schools Teacher)

How did you begin playing music?

I started playing trumpet in 4th grade through my elementary school band program.

Tell us about a great music teacher you had.

My band director at Los Medanos College, John Maltester, taught me to raise my expectations of what was possible, and that it takes hard work, every day, in order to be successful as a musician.

How often do you practice and/or rehearse?

I study music in some form every day, whether it is practicing tuba, sightreading chorales on the piano, or writing songs and instrumentals for a variety of ensembles. I rehearse as often as the groups’ schedules permit. Musicians are busy folk!

What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?

Music is a language that can connect you with anyone, anywhere in the world. You can even connect with people in the past and future. The more you learn about and understand what music is, the farther your reach will become and the easier it will become to communicate with others in a deep meaningful way.

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