Day 14: The Burnley Brown Bears Bring You Bach

This brown bear chamber group is classically trained.  They hail from the same part of England as my great-great-grandparents: Burnley in Lancashire.  I really don’t think there is a tambourine part in this particular Bach motet that they are singing, but Barley is a tambourine virtuoso and it would be a shame not to use his skills.

Watercolor 6 x 8 by Pam Schoessow ART

Watercolor 6 x 8 by Pam Schoessow ART

As an aside, several years ago I took a week long summer seminar for band directors.  One day our percussion teacher said that the whole class time the next day would be devoted to tambourine technique.  I was a vocal major turned band director, so I raised my hand and asked “What is it that I don’t know about tambourine that we could possibly talk about for a whole hour?”.  Well, the teacher was not amused and everyone else just stared at me.  Apparently, there WAS a whole lot I didn’t know!

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5 thoughts on “Day 14: The Burnley Brown Bears Bring You Bach

    • To tell you the truth, I don’t remember a whole lot. One technique had to do with moistening your thumb and rubbing it around the edge–or something like that. I just remember thinking it was more than I would ever use or care to know!

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