Holiday time

I am writing this post as I put off studying for finals as I go into Exam week at OSU.  I wanted to share a video that I just posted on YouTube.  It is of the OSU Art Blakey Combo performing an arrangement I did of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.  The two things I think you should take from this video are the 4 horn players (including myself) two stepping in the beginning, and the use of sleigh bells. (as played by Wes Perry).  You can’t really tell but this was at a concert for over 1,500 people.  The concert was a showcase of about twenty different musical groups from OSU, it changed styles pretty drastically; we were after a Bach Suite and a before a Wind Ensemble piece.  The advertisements for the show said: Featuring over 300 Musicians and Vocalists…we were in the former category.


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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