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4. Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra

Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra

"Concertino for Tuba and Orchestra" was composed by Gregory Fritze in 2004 on a commission from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for performance May 2005. The orchestra premiered it under the direction of Istvan Jaray with Gary Bird, tuba soloist. The piece was adapted from the earlier composition "Concertino for Euphonium and Band" that was composed in 1995 for Euphonium Soloist Bob Powers and the United States Army Band. This recording features the Oak Grove Symphony Orchestra of Pennsylvania, Jack Stamp conducting and Bird as soloist. This recording session took place in Indiana, Pennsylvania May 2006 with a grant from the Harvey Phillips Foundation. Recording and mastering was done by Complex One Studios of Indiana, PA. This recording is available on Albany Records Troy 1175.

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5. Traveling Light (AAC-mp4)

Traveling Light  (AAC-mp4)

a genre-busting journey by the Berklee Jazz Composition Faculty Orchestra: feat. Dino Govoni on tenor sax and composer Bruce Thomas on piano. **(dedicated to Lee Hancock-Rubinsky and Henry Gaffney, who are both now traveling light, though much too soon).** Personnel: Matt Joseph, Greg Hopkins - trumpet, Jeff Galindo - trombone, Greg Fritze - tuba, * Daniel Ian Smith - soprano sax, Garrett Gonzales - alto sax, Dino Govoni - tenor sax/clarinet, Vernon James - bari sax/bass clarinet, * Yuki Nakajima, Jakub Trasek - violin, Mimi Rabson - viola, Kari Juusela - cello, * Bruce Thomas - piano, Scott Free - guitar, Winnie Dahlgren - vibes, Rich Appleman - acoustic bass, Bob Tamagni - drums, Jon Nellen - hand percussion * ~ conducted by Ken Pullig (recorded 10/27/10 at the Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA)

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6. Trombonico – Moods for Trombone with Concert Band

Trombonico – Moods for Trombone with Concert Band

"Trombonico – Moods for Trombone with Concert Band" is in three movements: I. Swashbuckling, Singing, Caribbean, Bebop II. Remembering Miller and Dorsey III. Mischievously, With Swagger It was composed in 2015 at the request of Inda Bonete, festival coordinator, for performance at the International Trombone Festival in Valencia, Spain. It was premiered July 9, 2015 by Scott Hartman as trombone soloist with the Banda Villanueva de Castellon, Beatriz Fernandez, Conductor. When I talked with Scott about composing a piece for him, he suggested that the piece be an homage to some of the early great jazz trombonists. In the first movement are the indications Swashbuckling, Singing, Caribbean and Bebop and are tributes to my jazz trombone colleagues with whom I had the pleasure of working for thirty-six years at Berklee College of Music. They include Phil Wilson, Rick Stepton, Toni Lada, Jeff Galindo, Bob Pilkington, David Lindsey and many others. The second movement is a jazz ballad entitled Miller and Dorsey. The third movement is dedicated to my high school band director Wayne Nottle who was an important mentor of mine and is also a fine trombonist. Trombone Soloist Scott Hartman teaches trombone at the Yale School of Music, was the trombonist in the Empire Brass Quintet and has performed as a soloist worldwide. This piece is on the CD recording "Gregory Fritze Music for Wind Orchestra" on the La Armonica label and is available on CD Baby and ITunes.

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