Halloween with the Assault Squad

This past halloween I had the privilege of playing at a raging house party at The Ohio State University.  It was by far one of the funnest gigs I have ever played.  Mostly because there were no expectations or formalities.  It was just me and four other guys entertaining our friends and having fun for three hours.  We were in a medium sized room that had at least 20 people in it listening and having a good time while we were playing.  There’s definitely a certain energy that you can feed off of when you are playing to a wall of people.  At one point later in the night, Chris (esteemed trombonist, tub tunes trumpet artist, and roommate of mine) couldn’t play past about 4th position on his trombone since he would be hitting people that were listening to him.

The thing that really made it a good time was the energy in the room while we were playing.  It was definitely something I have not experienced in a while.  I felt like playing to a wall of people who were digging your music was much more fulfilling than hearing a distant audience clap while on a stage.  And yes we did have the belligerently drunk moron who yelled “freebird!”, but I’m pretty sure the dirty looks from the rest of the crowd made him shut it. It was definitely a new type of gig that a lot of instrumental musicians would be hesitant to go play since there are no set guidelines or expectations.  But, It definitely paid off; I left that party feeling pretty pumped about how my music was received.

So here it is…Chris and I were dressed as Gym Teachers and the rest of the band was dressed as Mariachi Musicians.  The band is called the Assault Squad and the theme of the part was Zombie New Orleans.  Our motto is “Assaulting you ears: one melody at a time”.  Enjoy the wonderful video editing and introductions done by Chris Ott (and enjoy my dancing during Chris’s solo)


About danwhitemusic

Dan White is and artist whose music has two distinct, yet interwoven concepts: This logic is clearly displayed in Between The Lines (March 2011). White has a deep respect for acoustic Jazz, but he is also is driven to explore uncharted territory: Playing music that cannot be defined or pigeonholed. Both sides of his music create a synergy effect: the tradition of America's classical music helps build the foundation from which he explores and experiments, while the experimentation gives way to more individuality. Music has played a large part in Dan's life since he was young. The saxophonist comes from a musical family: his grandfather a jazz bassist and music teacher, his uncle a music teacher, and four of his cousins are currently studying music. He grew up just north of Buffalo, New York, where he started playing piano at age eight, and saxophone at age nine. A few years later he got his first real taste of improvisation and composition. After hearing Joshua Redman in concert with his father, White was instantly hooked on the link between composition and improvisation. White states, "My music is an extension of my personality. I am influenced by many, and my goal is to merge these influences into refreshing and creative music that acknowledges the tradition that came before and progresses the art form."
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