Building Small Ensemble Repertoire by Writing Your Own Transcriptions and Arrangements
- Finding music that satisfies the requirements of your small ensemble can be
difficult, especially if your instrumentation is not “standard.” Members of the group will
discuss the processes of creating effective transcriptions and arrangements
for small instrumental ensembles. Included will be live performances by
the quartet of demonstrative selections from its working repertoire.
- Chief Musician John P. Schroeder (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 12/18/2014 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
- Meeting Room W185
- Established in October 1999, the United States Navy Band Brass Quartet has
reached thousands of people of all ages through the performance of public
concerts and Music in the Schools programs at Washington area recital halls,
churches and schools. The group has performed for national
audiences on three live broadcasts from the Kennedy Center Millennium
Stage and has made three appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press." The
quartet has given masterclasses at the Navy School of Music in Little Creek,
Va., Mary Washington University and at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Since its formation, the quartet has generated a
unique repertoire of arrangements, transcriptions and original compositions
encompassing diverse styles that represent American patriotic and folkloric
musical traditions as well as light classics.
Chief Musician John Schroeder, originally from Portland, Ore., joined the Navy Band in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Evansville Symphony and the Owensboro Orchestra. Additionally, he served as principal trumpet with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Santiago, Chile, and as principal trumpet with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile. He also taught trumpet at the Universidad Catolica de Chile and performed extensively in chamber ensembles and as a soloist throughout the country. A founding member and current chief in charge of the Navy Band Brass Quartet, he has composed, arranged and transcribed more than 60 pieces of music that constitute a unique repertoire appropriate for recitals and music in public schools as well as official ceremonies.