Monday
Jul212014

The Aloha Bassoonapalooza has begun! The question is when....

The idea of a bassoon gathering, a place for bassoon nerds to meet, greet and socialize is one that many communities have embraced. There's enough bassoonists on the Island of O'ahu (and other neighbor islands) to make a substancial group. Additionally, in the spirit of Harvey Phillips' 'Tuba Christmas', which feature large mass groups of lower brass players covering the Christmas classics, groups of bassoonists have begun to gather around the holidays. I've pasted some links to events around the country at the bottom of this page.

It seems to me that such an event would be a great way to promote our instrument as well has have a lot of fun doing so!  

All we need is a place and a date-

Friday, Aug 1 @ 6 or 7
Sunday, Aug  @ 4 or 7
or
Friday Sept 5 
Sunday Sept 7

 

 

Earlier this year I sent out an email to the following people:

 Marsha Schweitzer <marsha.schweitzer@hawaiiantel.net>,

  • Richard Hotoke <richardhotoke@yahoo.com>, 
  • Wayne_Fanning <NIUVAL/HIDOE@notes.k12.hi.us>, 
  • Ryan Howe <rhowe.scvcyms@gmail.com>,
  • Chris Ventura <cristos_cd@yahoo.com>, 
  • Andrea Sematoske-Rohm <alohabassoon@gmail.com>, 
  • Christopher Smith <c.smith013@yahoo.com>, 
  • Philip Gottling <ghanda_029@yahoo.com>, 
  • Michael Gebhart <michael.s.gebhart@gmail.com>

 

The text of the email is pasted below along with the aforementioned links.

Surely there's more bassoonists, adult and student, on this island. Please help spread the word by forwarding this information to them, and by sending or posting thier email addresses

Hi, Andrea, Chris, Chris, Chris, Marsha, Phil, Ryan, Richard, Wayne et al- 

Yes! Let's get a bassoon fiesta happening this summer- and at the same time set a date for an Xmas extravaganza, as inspired by what's been happening in Tulsa every Xmas- which is a big bassoon festival at a mall. 
I wrote to Richard Ramey from Tulsa, got this in reply:
Concerning the xmas bsn concerts, I'll post a link below to our rep.:

http://www.mediafire.com/folder/g8qv2uc073xbm/barking_basset_bassoon_band_xmas_music
We have a mix of students and adult players.  We always have a group consisting of everyone which plays some of the simpler (rhythm-wise) pieces.  The core music we choose for this larger group is the Alan Hawkins bsn trio arrangements of xmas tunes (the book of 31 tunes).  We also break down into a smaller group (whomever can handle some of the jazzy stuff) so we can play some of the more advanced music. 
 
We only have one rehearsal, a day or two before the gig.  We like to pick a performance site that has a lot of public turnover so for us, that means one of the malls in town.  We play for about an hour.

I'm glad that you are going to do this.  We've found that the public is mesmerized by 30+ bassoons playing at once (and much of the public doesn't know what the hell a bassoon is!).  We usually get some type of TV coverage in advance of the gig and also have a local TV station come in to film shots of the concert.

Good luck with your event!
I'm sure I've missed bassoonists on this first draft of a list. If you can think of people to include, please forward them this message. We'll need to compile a master list.
Given the lack of a season to go by, it's hard to say when would be safe to plan on for around the holidays, but maybe if we can pick a date for the summer, by then we can plan for Xmas. 
Any suggestions for a summer date? late June? Mid-July? August?
Let's hope this turns in to a fun thing
[Pasted below are links to Tulsa coverage]
  • Tulsa's 'Barking Basset Bassoon Band' Warms Up For ...

    They're part of the Barking Basset Bassoon Band, which us tuning up for a holidayconcert. In the video above, Rick Wells brings us the rich and wonderful ...
  • Barking Basset Bassoon Band | www.k95tulsa.com

    www.k95tulsa.com/news/events/...bassoon-band/nb9xM...
      
    KWEN 95.5 FM 
    Dec 3, 2013 - Searching for a unique holiday experience? Well, look no further thanTulsa's own BARKING BASSET BASSOON BAND at its featured ...
  • The 5th Annual Barking Bassoon Bassoon Band Holiday ...

    www.tulsaworld.com/...bassoon-bassoon-band-holiday.../ev...
      
    Tulsa World 
    Searching for a unique holiday experience? Well, look no further than Tulsa's own BARKING BASSET BASSOON BAND at its featured engagement, Woodland  ...
  • The 5th Annual Barking Bassoon Bassoon Band Holiday Jam

    www.tulsaworld.com/...bassoon-bassoon-band-holiday.../ev...
      
    Tulsa World 
    Searching for a unique holiday experience? Well, look no further than Tulsa's own BARKING BASSET BASSOON BAND at its featured engagement, Woodland  ...
  • Barking Basset Bassoon Band - The Tulsa CW

    www.tulsacw.com/story/.../barking-basset-bassoon-band
      
    KQCW‑DT 
    Dec 10, 2013 - Tulsa's 'Barking Basset Bassoon Band' Warms Up For Holiday ... They will be in front of Sears, beginning at 7 p.m. for an hour of holiday cheer.
  • The 5th Annual Barking Bassoon Bassoon Band Holiday Jam

    www.krmg.com/...bassoon-bassoon-band-holiday.../e52NM/
      
    KRMG 
    "Searching for a unique holiday experience? Well , look no further than Tulsa's own BARKING BASSET BASSOON BAND performing the 5th Annual Holiday ..