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Wednesday 3rd July – 08.30 – 09.30
Studio Theatre
ITG Ensemble Reading Session

Gary Mortenson, Reporter
It has now become an ITG Conference tradition for anyone interested in trumpet ensemble music to gather and to read six or seven pieces to start each day. Wednesday morning thirty early risers of all ages were conducted by conference host Murray Greig and James Olcott. The informal gathering read through six pieces. The morning’s repertoire included works by Bruckner, Handel, Arnold, Van Heusen, and Ewazen. Participants in the session were encouraged to move around and to play a variety of parts. The general feeling was one of enthusiasm and fellowship as all ages and ability levels created a wonderful atmosphere. Murray Greig got the ensemble warm-up up and conducted through the first two selections (Locus Iste by Brucker, arr. Murray Greig; and the “Alleluia Chorus” from the Messiah by Handel, arr. Haas). James Olcott finished the session with four works that were notable in their variety of moods. These included the Hoffnung Fanfare by Malcolm Arnold, arr. Olcott; Here’s That Rainy Day by Jim Van Heusen, arr. Olcott; the “Marsch” from Judas Maccabeus by Handel, arr. Olcott; and Concert Fanfare by Eric Ewazen. Olcott invited everyone to return each morning for the reading session and mentioned that this group would select one piece to be performed on the Fesitval of Trumpets concert on Saturday. What a great way get both mind and body going so that one can fully appreciate another wonderful day of concerts, exhibits, and master classes!