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SPAM alert

As announced in our last rehearsal, there are members’ email addresses that have been hacked and are being used to “spam” contacts in their online/webmail address books.

Please use your “gut” when you get an email from someone you know, and it does NOT sound like they wrote it, or if it’s a link and your friend NEVER sends you links – these are the usual results of their email having been “hacked”.

If you have doubts, DO NOT CLICK THE ATTACHMENTS and DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS! Send an email to your friend letting them know that you have reason to believe they have been hacked (they will rarely know unless they are told). They will have to work with the Customer Service of their email provider (hotmail, yahoo, aol, etc.) to get their password reset, if they cannot change it themselves (the ‘bots have been known to change the “secret questions” – or even the password!).

Purple Carnival (YouTube)

Performed at top speed:
Dreyfoos School of the Arts Wind Ensemble performed 2008

This one’s a bit more sedate:
Mt. Carmel Wind I performed 2006

Also a rather sedate tempo:
Unknown performing group uploaded 2010

Program notes:

The Purple Carnival March was written by American composer Harry L. Alford. Alford was born in 1883 and grew up in Hudson, Michigan. In his youth, he quickly became an accomplished trombonist, composer, and arranger. He wrote his first march at the age of 14, which was performed by a military band that came through his town. Principally self-taught, his only formal musical training came from a three year stint at the Dana School of Music in Ohio. Over the years, Alford’s music became well known in the school and college band settings, as the composer received many commissions from major universities across the country.

The Purple Carnival March was written for Alford’s good friend, bandmaster Glenn Cliffe Bainum, and the Northwestern University Band. It has been staple of the standard march literature ever since its premiere in 1933. Its unique 6/8 feel, technical woodwind lines, and powerful low brass melodies make for an interesting and exciting listening experience.

For your listening pleasure….

Following are links to a couple of YouTube performances Roy had recommended we check out:

Russlan and Ludmilla (Israel Philharmonic)


Handel in the Strand (N. Texas Wind Symphony) – audio only

From Mike Lysher:
Michael Lysher says:
February 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM
If anyone out there wants a listen to Pines of Rome, here’s a good recording on youtube. It’s louder than most and can really hear the parts come out…
Pines of Rome