Shrinking Violets

By
Jock McKenzie
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£ 16.50 

I wrote this piece in response to seeing a video clip of a couple trying to cope with the perils of a fairground ‘white knuckle ride’. J.M.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit

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I wrote this piece in response to seeing a video clip of a couple trying to cope with the perils of a fairground ‘white knuckle ride’. There was, at that time some faux bravado and even a brief elation, but in the main they were some what petrified – completely failing to live up to the inflated hype and nonchalance that they had portrayed prior to embarking on this misadventure. Speed, gradient, gravity and distance from the ground all got the better of them – messy… J.M.

Jock McKenzie studied trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester where he was a joint recipient of the college’s concerto prize. Since 1987 Jock has based his musical career in Hampshire, working as a freelance trumpeter, conductor, composer, arranger and brass teacher. Currently Jock holds the position of Professional Leader (Brass) for Hampshire Music Service and is the Director of the Hampshire County Youth Band. It is the mix of all of these musical roles that has led to Jock establishing a reputation as a leading creator of brass music resources, particularly in the field of education and brass ensemble music.

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