Sunday, May 6, 2018

Meet the Band: Georgette (Saxophone)

Georgette - plays Alto Saxophone and is yet another new member who found us through a list of area community bands. She is retired from teaching, so she "enjoys doing whatever I want and don't keep track".   She also enjoys time with her grandchildren (2 who live down the street from Edison and 3 in beautiful Montana). She also tap dances (not in public), and would like to learn to play the drums. Otherwise, she is "a serious Vikings fanatic.''

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Meet the Band: Loryn (Saxophones)

Loryn - plays Alto Saxophone and is another new member who found us through our website. She enjoys readings, painting and hanging out with family and friends, would like to learn the Trumpet, and be a Sports Newscaster - Specifically for the NBA . In her daytime life, she works at Minnesota Public Radio and loves it! 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Meet the Band: Tony (Cornet)

Tony- plays Cornet, and this is first year with us! He learned about our band through a current member. He is a registered nurse in his real life, but if he could he'd be a writer and learn the cello. He is also a winemaker!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Meet The Band: Leah (Clarinets)

Leah plays Clarinet (as well as flute and piano) and has been in the band since 2002.  She enjoys us (the people) and the diversification and generations in the group, and the fact that "we are NOT suburbanites". She is a CPA, and thus why you haven't seen her since the beginning of the year, but she'll be back with us again for the end of the season. If she could she'd like to play the harp, and in her spare time enjoys cats, needlework and antiques. An interesting and rather cool fact was that she "stayed with a family in East Germany during reunification, as she studied in Salzburg, Austria" at the time.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Meet the Band: Kristin (Clarinets)

Kristin plays Clarinet and has been with the band since 2012. She enjoys our relaxed atmosphere that still makes good music. She is a project manager in her day job, and enjoys hockey and running for hobbies

Friday, April 20, 2018

Meet the Band: Sarah (Flutes)

Sarah plays Flute and is a new member this year who learned about us through Facebook.  Other than the Flute, she would love to learn the French Horn or Cello.

Monday, January 29, 2018

My Band Story - Ron - Trumpet section

My name is Ron and I am the Vice President of the Northeast Community Band.

NECB: How long have you been in the Northeast Community Band?

Ron: I started in 2000 or 2001

NECB: How did you find us?

Ron: My son was in the Northeast Middle School Band, and his teacher (Tim Martin) suggested that he join to gain additional experience.  My son told him that I played too and Tim said bring your dad.  My son eventually moved on and I stayed with the band. Later my youngest son spent a season or two with us.

NECB:  What do you play

Ron:  I play the Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Although I have played the Baritone and Trombone in the past with some experience on French Horn and Tuba. In High School my second Instrument was percussion.

In the past I've taken lessons on the piano, Guitar and Clarinet.

NECB: Do you play anywhere else?

Ron: I play in our church worship/praise band.  Generally my Trumpet or Flugelhorn and occasionally the Congas, Bongos and Tambourine.

NECB:  What Brand Trumpet and Flugelhorn do you play?

Ron:  My Trumpet is a Getzen Eterna, My Flugelhorn is a Bach Stradivarius and my Pocket Trumpet is an EM Winston

NECB: What is your favorite Music Genre'

Ron:  I am fairly eclectic, Gospel/Religious Music, Jazz and Classical and pretty much any rock band that has a good Brass Section (Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, J Giels for example). However, if the music is good I can enjoy pretty much any thing.

NECB: Do you have a Favorite Professional Trumpet Player?

Ron: It is hard to pick just one; I'd have to go with Clark Terry. When I was in High School, he spent a number of weeks at our school working with our various bands.  He was down to earth, had an infectious smile and loved working with kids.

NECB:  Are there other musicians in your family?

Ron: Yes - My mom played the Accordion, but she is a singer and sang with the same choir for  nearly 70 years, until an injury sidelined her.

My Grandmother played the Piano and Guitar,  her mom played the Guitar

Both of my sons play the trumpet and my youngest played the Cello for a while.

My wife is a keyboard player as is her mother and several of her aunts.

I have nieces that play the violin and clarinet

NECB: If you could learn other instrument, what would it be?

Ron: I have always wanted to learn the Bass Guitar and would love to try the didgeridoo.

NECB;  Over all, how has your experience with the Northeast Community Band been?

Ron:  I enjoy this group, we have some very good people and have seen many people come and go for various reasons.  We meet each week, make music, laugh a lot, tell jokes, relax and have a good time.

It is interesting as you meet the other members to see how diverse we are. So many different backgrounds with people of varying educational, employment and regional backgrounds - yet we have one unifying thing: The Love of Music.