Deck The Halls Traditional Song from Wales/arr. Lennie Niehaus
Publisher Kendor Music
Let's put some music on and Deck The Halls! I love this arrangement because it's bright, up beat, and a terrific way to start an album! Kinda sets the mood for the Holidays! Swingin' fun that's jazzy and sassy! You'll here throughout the entire CD the addition of String Bass, Drum Set and Percussion!
Resonet in Laudibus (14th Century Christmas Carol from "Moosburger Graduale")
Anonymous/arranged and edited by Walter Blanton
Publisher Medici Music Press
There was always singing in my house - both parents sang. My mother had a beautiful voice and my siblings and I all sang - almost a Von Trapp setting! But then I wised up and realized at 7 years old, I was an Alto, and was going to remain in the middle voice all my life. I loved knowing this! I had my own different notes to sing! This particular carol brings forth the purity of singing a brass instrument and really caught my attention. I knew I wanted to have this in my library.
Riu, Riu, Chiu (Traditional Spanish Carol)/arr. David Marlatt
Publisher Eight Note Publications
This simple melody captures the flavors of Spain - dates from around 1550. It's a great arrangement that flits by - - too bad it doesn't have maraca's!
Swingin' Sounds of Christmas James Pierpoint/arr Jack Gale
Publisher Music Express
I so enjoy playing any arrangement that Jack Gale does because I get to go back to my Dance Band roots of playing! The guys really get cookin' on this one, and you've probably figured out there's a String Bass playing! Ha ha ha - I love thinking outside the box! It's a swing arrangement and sounds cool! Wayne's the Man!
Gesu Bambino (The Infant Jesus)
Pietro A. Yon/arr. Arthur Frackenpohl
Publisher Kendor Music
The soft tones of the melody in this one sound so beautiful in a church setting. This really gives the quintet a chance to use a different character and color scheme.
Irving Berlin/Arr Luther Henderson
Publisher Hal Leonard Estate of Irving Berlin
The first time this was used was in the Irving Berlin's motion picture "Holiday Inn"; the second time it was used, was for the WWII era "White Christmas" starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kay, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. This arrangement includes the lead in to the theme. Sweet! It's not the Holiday's until I hear this.
"Need Little Christmas" (We Need A Little Christmas)
arr. Mary Weber Jerry Co Music
I couldn't resist writing this a a Polka! From the musical "Mame".
Traditional Carol/Arr Edgar Herzog
Publisher Advanced Music
Well, if you think you know trees and New Orleans, you're in for a real treat with this rousing arrangement! Why not decorate the tree with Mardi Gras beads and dance down the street with your decorated umbrella and party mask? Enjoy!
My Dreidle Variations
Traditional/Arr. Bill Holcombe & Bill Holcombe Jr.
Publisher Musicians Publications
The first time we read through this, I cracked up a few moments in to the piece when I realized just how much fast lip trilling Steve (French Horn) was doing! This is a wonderful lively arrangement and a real toe tapper! Trill On Steve!
Huron Carol (Native North American)
Traditional/Arr Chris Morrison
Publisher Eighth Note Publications
The moment this starts, I feel transported to another time, another place. I have a place in my heart for the tribes of Native Americans. The moving sixteenth notes in the trumpet parts have present an underlying tension within the soaring melody. Jason is playing his part on his Bb - I am playing my Flugle Horn. This combination gives a different richness to the sound.
A Basque Noel
Traditional/Arr Catherine McMichael
Publisher C. Alan Publications
A Basque Noel is a medley of three medieval carols from what is now southern France and known still as the Basque region, surrounding the French Pyrenees, near the Spanish border. The carols are Noel Nouvelet (Sing We Now of Christmas) , The Angel Gabriel and Masters of This House.
The Sleighride From "Thirteen German Dances K605"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/Arr Stephen Wick
Publisher Broadbent & Dunn Ltd
Yes! You did hear a horse with sleigh bells leading in to this! I've always loved horses, and, this CD is my representation of that! Also of note (no pun intended) is how I 'dressed' up this arrangement. Aside from the quintet, there is a call for five (5) pitched bells and sleigh bells. What I heard in my head was the sound of a Toy Piano - and found one here in town owned by Bob Chamberlin! I loved it the second I heard the sound! Making her CD recording debut is Mary Zubert on the Schoenhut! ! ! The Schoenhut Toy Piano Co. is still in business! Really! Many thanks to Bill Chamberlin for letting us use and record his Tiny Toy Piano.
Still, Still, Still
Traditional Austrian Carol/Arr David Marlatt
Publisher Eighth Note Publications
The gentle lead in directly into this carol from Mozart's "The Sleighride" was all but a dream of Sleigh Bells. Picture a horse and buggy fading away from a castle in the countryside headed in to Vienna to St. Stephens Cathedral for an evening Christmas concert.
Christmas Carol Festival
Traditional/Arr Paul Nagle
Publisher Musicians Publications
Yes folks! It's time to Sing Along With Mitch - - uh, make that MARY! Sorry I don't have a bouncing ball, but let's sing some Carols! Joy to the World, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, We Three Kings, and Angles We Have Heard On High. There'll be some hot apple cider waiting for you when you're done!
Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers
Leon Jessel/Arr Thomas Gordon Campbell
Publisher Kendor Music
What a great way to stand guard by the Christmas Tree with little Soldiers! Written in 1897, this character piece is still performed today - - the most visually exciting interpretation is by the Rockettes! The music really paints a great picture.
The Christmas Song
Mel Torme/Arr. Wayne Coniglio
Publisher Cimmeron Music Publications
This staple of the holiday season features lush Sammy Nestico type voicings that I'm sure you'll love.
Let It Snow
Styne - Cahn/arr Arthur Frackenpohl
Publisher Kendor Music
What a lovely swing arrangement for the Quintet! A great song to hum along with while sitting by the living room window, sitting on the sofa wrapped up in a nice warm blanket reading a book, the fire crackling briskly! Mmmmmmm.
Leroy Anderson/arr Mary Weber
The concept of this album is based around my favorite holiday - - the lead in with Sampson (Percheron) with real bells slung around his big neck is perfect! Of course I got this portion recorded of horses back in August - - the hottest summer St. Louis had in a long time - - but we got it done! Everyone got to do a horse whinny for the ending ~ I've done the whinny for over 30 years and figured, what the heck, let's ALL whinny! Alan gets the credit for sounding like a Reindeer (or was that a Moose?).
Holly and the Ivy
Traditional/Arr Wayne Coniglio
Originally recorded for clarinet and strings, I asked Wayne if he would re-write it for us. It's very poignant.
Traditional Irish/Arr Jeff Cottrell
This carol comes from Ireland dating back to the 12th C. I love playing the beautiful opening melody in the low register of the trumpet part; Wayne and George settle down on a drone - - just like bagpipes, and this gives a haunting feel to the backdrop. I wonder what Ireland is like in winter?
The Little Drummer Boy
Davis - Onorati - Simeone/Arr Keith Snell
Publisher Belwin Mills
Alan does a fantastic job setting up this popular contemporary carol (1958) with a feel of biggness from the tom toms and bass drums. More often than not, I'd wish to have drums added to just about every piece on a program. I especially like this arrangement for this reason - - it sounds empty when Alan isn't there!
Swingin' Sounds of Christmas
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Traditional/Arr Jack Gale
Publisher Music Express
I've often wondered with a great jazz arrangement like this - - how do you really know just how Jolly St. Nick is? Pretty happy guy I'd guess! ! Jason does a fantastic job with his jazz solo at the break. Did I say break? Time for some mulled wine!
You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Hague - Seuss/Arr Bill Bjornes
Publisher Cimerron Music
Oh how I love the smokey cabaret, sultry music and a mean slow tune! George lays down a great 'bone solo after Steve. Jason got a chance to scream some notes on this one, and what a great bass line and drum kit!
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Johnny Marks/Arr Arthur Frackenpohl
Publisher Kendor/Owner St. Nicholas Music/Kendor
This is such a great song to play for children (of all ages!) that I love to put on any program! The begining sounds like Scott Joplin wrote it - - how much fun it is to hear little children sing along while we're playing, their eyes brightly shining, belting out a song they love!
Swingin' Ukrainian Christmas (Carol of the Bells)
Mykola Leontovych/Arr Lennie Niehaus
Publisher Kendor Music
This is such a great carol ~ especially in this jazzy arrangement! Leontovych wrote this in 1916 as a choir miniature work with a 4 note motif as an ostinato. This was written as an assignment for a Harmony course he was taking by correspondence! It premiered at Carnegie Hall Oct. 5, 1921.
We Wish You A Merry Christmasamba
Traditional/Arr Edgar Herzog
Publisher Advance Music
Well, we've come to the end of the recording, sad I know, but I found the neatest little arrangement of We Wish You! This is really laid back, lots of layering and a smoooooth Bossa Nova to get things started! So, put you dancin' slippers on, grab your sweetie, and dance to the Samba till it stops!
Track #27 Sleigh Ride (For real!)
BIOS – CLARION BRASS
Mary Weber, Trumpet/Flugel/Piccolo Trumpet
Mary works in numerous ensembles throughout the St. Louis Metro area, including the St. Louis Symphony were she has been a Sub/Replacement/Extra since 1986, Principal Replacement/2nd Illinois Symphony 1993 – 2006, Principal and frequent soloist with the Compton Heights Concert Band, Opera Theater St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera, Bob Coleman Orchestra and formerly with the St. Louis Brass Band where she was a featured soloist on Eb Soprano and Bb Cornet on numerous occasions. Mary was Principal Trumpet in the New Orleans Symphony for two years. Her virtuosity and enthusiasm for music has provided her with far-ranging performances with such notables as Mannheim Steamroller, Luciano Pavarotti, Mel Torme, Ann Hampton-Callaway, The Temptations and Pope John Paul II ! She has toured throughout the United States and Europe including Carnegie Hall with the St. Louis Symphony. She attended the Tanglewood Institute as a Fellowship of Leonard Bernstein, the Spoleto Festival (U.S. and Spoleto, ,Italy), Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria). She is actively engaged in recordings, competitions, recitals and lectures, and is the manager of the Clarion Brass. She holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from university of Miami (FL), a Bachelor of Sports Psychology from University of Miami, a Master of Music Performance from Syracuse University. She was Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University teaching Music Appreciation, Development of the Orchestra, Bio-Musicology, Symphonic Literature and Music Theory from 1998 - 2007. Mary also taught Trumpet at SIU-E during the Spring 2006 for Dr. John Korak when he took Sabbatical. She has also been the Conductor of several ensembles including the Oasis New Horizon’s Band when it began in St. Louis in 1999. At present, Mary has been a Bugler doing Military Honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery since 2006. She is a member of the International Trumpet Guild and loves teaching private trumpet lessons with students ranging in age from 10 – 77!
Jason Harris, Trumpet/Flugel
Jason Harris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from the University – St. Louis and a Master of the Arts in Music from Webster University. Mr. Harris has performed with Opera Theatre St. Louis, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Bob Kuban Brass, Route 66, Gateway Brass Quintet, Winter Opera, Washington University Symphony, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Compton Heights Concert Band, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and the Latin Solution Orchestra to name a few. Currently, Jason is a member of the Union Avenue Opera Orchestra, Webster Symphony, and the Clarion Brass Quintet. He also performs regularly with some of the top ‘party’ bands in the Midwest, including Downtime, Push the Limit, and Spectrum. Over the last decade, he sounded “Taps” at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for over 10,000 funerals. For many years Mr. Harris was a featured soloist with the St. Louis Brass Band. Jason is currently the instrumental music director for Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.
Stephen Hanrahan, French Horn
Stephen Hanrahan currently is an active free-lance hornist in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He serves as Principal Horn of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra/Illinois Chamber Orchestra, as well as extra/substitute horn with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, having accompanied the SLSO on two tours of Carnegie Hall. He is also Second Horn with the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (MUNY) and Hornist with the Fox Theater Orchestra, having performed in numerous touring musicals including Wicked, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and Titanic. Other orchestral experience includes four seasons as Principal Horn of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, extra/substitute with the Alabama, Memphis, Arkansas, Charleston, Hilton Head, and Augusta (GA) Symphony Orchestra’s, and the Missouri Symphony Society. Mr. Hanrahan has had the honor to perform with many diverse artists, ranging from classical greats Itzak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Andre Watts, to popular artists Rod Stewart, Chet Atkins, Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Doc Severinsen, Dennis DeYoung, Bernadette Peters, Pete Cetera, and Frank Sinatra, Jr.
Mr. Hanrahan is a currently Adjunct Instructor of Horn at St. Louis University, former Adjunct Professor of Horn at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He currently has a large private studio in the St. Louis area, and conducts both Masterclasses and clinics with many area schools.
He received both his masters and bachelors degrees in Music (Horn Performance) from the University of Missouri, where his instructors included D. Bruce Heim and Laurence M. Lowe. He also attended Northwestern University where he studied with Dale Clevenger, Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Hanrahan has received instruction from Roland Pandolfi, James Wehrman, and Tod Bowermaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
George Manning, Tenor Trombone
George Manning is a freelance trombonist, composer, and arranger who has lived in the St. Louis area since 2002. He is currently a member of the Clarion Brass and Swing Set, which has won numerous Riverfront Times “Best of St. Louis” awards. George performs regularly with Union Avenue Opera and the Bob Kuban Brass, and has appeared locally with the Sessions Big Band, the Gateway Brass Quintet, the Bach Society, Masterworks Chorale, and Marilyn Horne accompanied by musicians of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
George has been principal trombonist of the Saint Louis Brass Band and Orchestra Atlanta, and bass trombonist of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music in brass performance from Florida State University, and a Bachelor of Music in composition from Illinois Wesleyan University. During the day, he works in the President's Office at McKendree University.
Wayne Coniglio, Trombone, Bass Trombone, String Bass
Bass Trombonist Wayne Coniglio is constantly turning ears his way with facile and prolific improvisations and extraordinary technique. He is a player completely at home in virtually any musical situation. Ignoring any limitation placed his instrument Wayne has developed a unique and legitimate approach to jazz on the Bass Trombone. Wayne became immersed in music at an early age learning piano then trombone, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, string bass, singing and record copying. He is a product of the strong grade school music program at Longview School in Phoenix which stressed learning multiple instruments, singing and performance. Wayne led his first big band in 7th grade filling in for the school band director on trombone and clarinet. After college, Wayne enjoyed being Bass Trombonist and a featured soloist with the international super star Ray Charles. A prolific writer and arranger, Wayne has written many Big Band charts that feature the Bass Trombone not in the pedestrian role typical to such scores, but as a true solo jazz voice. Many of these arrangements reside in the Ray Charles Orchestra book and are performed live to this day. Wayne has quickly established himself on the New York scene as a recognized jazz artist playing with such notables as; the Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, the Vanguard Orchestra, the Chico O'Farrill Latin-Jazz Dream Band, the Mingus Band, Frank Sinatra Jr., Jack Jones, Maureen McGovern, Bill Watrous, the Howard Williams Big Band, a number of Broadway show as well as many regional orchestras. Wayne is the leader of the "State of the Trombone" (4 trombones and rhythm) which has placed 1st in the International Trombone Associations "1999 Kai Winding Memorial Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition". Wayne is preparing to record with both the State of the Trombone and his own Quintet in the near future.
Alan Schilling, Percussion
Alan Schilling has performed as a percussionist in orchestras for Leslie Uggims, Bob Hope, Vic Dammone, Carol Lawrence, Roger Williams, The Temptations, Peggy Lee, Diahann Carroll, Dave Brubeck, Shirley Maclaine, Lena Horne, Ben Vereen, Danny Thomas, Lola Falana, Crystal Gayle, Perry Como, Della Reese, Tony Orlando, Jim Nabors, Dom Delouise, Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn Macoo, Andy Williams, Phyllis Diller, The 5th Dimension, Liberace, Luciano Pavarotti and as a percussionist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Muny Opera of St. Louis, and the Fox Theater Orchestra. He began his musical career at age four as a tap dancer. While timpanist for the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, appeared on the "What's My Line?" syndicated TV show as the youngest timpanist performing in an American orchestra (age eleven). While Director of Music in the Dance Department at Washington University, he began to compose music for dance. His composition, "B-4-U-Go" for Dancer and Musician manipulating a live, 8-channel, reel-to-reel tape soundscape, premiered at the Riverside Dance Festival in New York City. Alan is currently the Music Director for the Department of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis.