|Herseth visits US Army Field Band||August 31, 2002|
The afternoon opened with the USAFB Brass Section's performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Fanfare by Richard Strauss, conducted by Capt. Paul Bamonte. Mr. Herseth took the floor and talked about his long and successful career, then requested that the trumpet section play some excerpts. USAFB trumpet section members SFC Virginia Turner, SSG John Altman, SSG Michael Klima, SSG Paul McLaughlin, SSG Jesse Tubb, and SSG James Wood, performed excerpts and received valuable coaching on musical phrasing. Mr. Herseth spoke at length about musical impact and message. "You must get across what the composer intended, not just the notes," he said in reference to the players of today and their technical prowess.
Mr. Herseth stayed well into the afternoon and entertained everyone with his stories, then answered questions from the audience. The gift of his time and talent were invaluable to the musical growth of everyone in attendance. We thank him and wish him a long and happy retirement.
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