- Copertina flessibile: 324 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 novembre 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1470045109
- ISBN-13: 978-1470045104
- Peso di spedizione: 558 g
Guaranteed Notes: Memoirs of the Three Erdman Brothers & the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own": Volume 1 (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 6 nov 2013
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After 30 years of service and performing as its premier cornet soloist, Fredric Erdman retired from the United States Marine Band, "The President's Own," and currently resides in Arlington, VA. James Erdman retired after 20 years with the Marine Band, serving as the band's principle trombonist and soloist. He presently teaches trombone as a member of the music faculty of Lebanon Valley College and makes his home in Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania. The book's narrator, Timothy Erdman, spent nine years in the Marine Band alongside his brothers before leaving to pursue a career in business writing. A resident of Lebanon, Pennsylvania and a former principal trumpet with The Harrisburg Syimphony, he is a free lance writer; teaches public speaking and writing at the Reading Area Community College; and conducts the Lebanon Community Concert Band.
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At no other time in the history of the Marine Band has it ever had three family members performing concurrently. Their stories, wonderfully arranged and narrated by brother Tim, cornet, into the harmony, and occasional disharmony that are the individual personalities of performers in crowded stress-filled circumstances, takes the reader from hometown Lebanon, Pennsylvania, thirty treasured years in the Marine Band, full circle again to retirement.
Join the Erdman brothers and the band during rehearsals, performances in the White House, funerals at Arlington Cemetery, Parades and Tattoos at Eighth and I, concerts at the Capital plaza and on the barge at Watergate. Feel the biting cold wind performing at presidential inaugurations, and the joy of playing foxtrots at the evening balls. Tax your will, embrasure, and endurance to the limit living aboard buses and questionable hotel accommodations during the annual, grinding sixty-three-day, sixty-three-city national tour of America performing two concerts a day without letup. And you will begin to understand why this, The United States Marine Band, “The Presidents Own” is acknowledged by its peers as the best military symphonic concert band in the world.
Through direct quotes and stories of performances and people in the U.S. Marine Band, the book is constructed in ways that give the reader what it is actually like to be a professional musician. The pressures of practicing, rehearsing, performing, and recording every day are described in full detail by Fredric Erdman who as featured cornet soloist, played 537 times in ten of the 22 tours that he made with band, and as first chair solo cornet, performed 838 times with the band over a thirty-year career. His younger brother James served as both principal trombonist (first chair) and trombone soloist throughout his twenty year career. "It takes the right kind of personality with an abundance of confidence, endurance, and discipline to produce those 'Guaranteed Notes'."
Karl Glenn, USMB (1959-63)
Tim was a welcome addition to the Marine Band, fulfilling his dream of joining his brothers thus establishing the famous Erdman brothers' trio. It was Tim's other talents that made this book come alive with his artistry of the written word.
Bravo to Fred, Jim and Tim on another outstanding performance.
Captain John R Zimmerman
US Marine Band (Ret.)