Thursday, March 17, 2016

Pershing's Own Trumpet Ensemble

A little change of pace. This is an ensemble of trumpets from Pershing's Own Army Band, one of the only professional concert bands in the country.

My favorite part about this video is the range of timbre achieved by an entirely homogenous ensemble. I'll admit that I was skeptical when I first saw this video in my search. A trumpet ensemble to me bespeaks a lack of range and color and, frankly, lots and lots of loud playing. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised with this performance. I think what really sold me was the restraint in the sound of the ensemble. With a piece as delicate and beautiful as this, it takes a great deal of skill to treat it properly, and I think this ensemble more than achieved this. So much so, that I found myself not even missing the lower range usually critical to a chorale. The color and finesse of this ensemble is phenomenal, and I will gladly eat my words.

Here are some other great videos from the same performance:
Dürrenhorn Passage
Gershwin Medley
Vivaldi Concerto 


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this was a good video.

  2. I mean....I really like it...but if they had one trombone player...