Congratulations Judy Z. – All-Region Jazz

Congratulations Judy

Judy Z. has been extremely busy this last month with marching band commitments, so I didn’t hear about her results until today. Judy is a Freshman in high school and placed third in her region’s jazz band auditions.

Judy has been my student for at least a couple of years now and is doing a terrific job.

Congratulations Judy! Keep up the good work!

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Dr. Shana Mashego Performance

Classic Hymns in a Classical Setting

Yesterday I had the privileged of performing with Dr. Shana Mashego and the Sacred Ensemble. This is a classical chamber music ensemble dedicated mostly to performing hymns. The video above is the last part of our service for Bear Creek United Methodist Church.

James Williams III

The other trumpet player in the ensemble was James Williams III. I always enjoy working with James. This was our first time to play classical music together. And that was nice. James is an active trumpet player in the Houston area.

He is very much involved with Conrad Johnson’s professional big band. I was in “The Big Blue Sound” for two stints long before Conrad Johnson passed away. It’s nice to see that the young people are keeping the band alive.

You Know How I Feel About Hymns

While I am not as disheartened today as I used to be, I still think that too many people have turned their backs on the traditional hymns. I have recently discovered that there are more people interested in hymns than I thought. So that’s good news. However, it’s nice to see that Dr. Mashego is doing her part to place the hymns back to the public’s attention.

There is a huge difference between hymns and songs. To me, singing hymns is far more than just a tradition. Hymns should have never been deemed as being “old-fashioned”. They never should have been replaced by songs. It’s not about old verses new, or about what’s popular or exciting.

I don’t want to get into it in too much detail here beyond just saying that it’s nice to see more signs every day that there is still a place for traditional music in the church. And for that reason, yesterday’s performance was much more than just a gig for me. I am already part of a movement to reawaken people’s love for the hymns. So yesterday’s gig was another way of doing that.

Mashego-Ensemble.com

You can learn more about the Sacred Ensemble and it’s leader, Dr. Shana Mashego, at Mashego-Ensemble.com. The website includes video, photos, sound clips and information about their CDs.

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Congratulations Myranda P.

Congratulations Myranda P.

I just got word that Myranda won a chair in the junior high All-Region band for her region. In fact, she placed second in the auditions.

Myranda began taking lessons with me just over a year ago. During that time, I helped her learn how to practice and now she uses what I taught her to reach her musical goals. Making second chair at region is evidence that it’s working for her.

Congratulations Myranda. Keep up the good work!

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First Trumpet Fruits Album Released Today!

Eddie Lewis’ latest album is released today, First Trumpet Fruits.

First Trumpet Fruits

Hello everyone!

Well, today is the official release of my latest album. This is a very special album to me. Not that the others have not been special, but this one is almost not even mine. What I mean is that I gave my early morning composition time to God as a first fruits offering and this album is what He did with it. That’s how I see it.

I say it that way because the end result took so little effort. The album is probably my best work so far, but I did very little to make it happen. I just gave God the first fifteen to twenty minutes of my work day, almost every day, for about a year and a half. In that short period of time, not only did I compose all of the music on this 113 minute album, but also a few other compositions for other instrumentations.

I wont go into details about what that daily composition time was about. Not on this blog. I wrote about it on the EddieLewis.com website and you can read more about it there. I just wanted to be sure that the people who still visit this blog knew about the release.

Here are a couple of links:

CD Baby for buying the digital album:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/eddielewis12

EddieLewis.com to read more about the album:

First Trumpet Fruits

I haven’t been sharing the good news on this blog lately. My music has been streamed around the world with over 1,000 streams per week for the past several months. I know that for most musicians, that is small potatoes. But for me, that’s more than I ever expected. So I praise God for that. And I mean THAT! I haven’t done anything to get that kind of air play. I don’t have the resources to advertise like. I don’t even have the time to do that sort of thing myself. So yeah, I can only thank God that He would send the music where He wishes it to go.

I also have YOU to thank, too. Thank you for your support and your interest in my music. No matter how far reaching the music becomes, it is YOU, my first supporters, who I remember most. So thank you!

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Congratulations Sean S. – First Chair

We want to congratulate Sean S. for making first chair in his school band this week. Sean is a seventh grader and I believe he is in a mixed grade band. He started lessons almost a full year before sixth grade beginning band. Now he is seeing the results of getting a head start.

Congratulations Sean!

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No Concession Blues in Senior Recital

Cesar Hinojos, one of the trumpet students at U.T.E.P. (where I was a student in the 80’s) ended his senior recital with one of my original trumpet quartet pieces, No Concession Blues. I am always honored when anyone chooses to perform my music when there are so many great trumpet pieces for them to chose from. For someone from U.T.E.P. to chose to perform my composition is extra special.

Coincidentally, someone just bought a copy of this sheet music on Sheet Music Plus today! No Concession Blues is my highest selling composition at Sheet Music Plus!

No Concession Blues was original composed for a performance with my jazz group, Living Rhythms, at Cezanne’s (Houston’s most prestigious jazz club). The title makes reference to a political atmosphere where no one is making any efforts to get along. We now have a “take no prisoners” mentality in politics today and in my opinion it has become very destructive. It saddens me because of what it does to people. Some of my kindest, gentlest friends behave like monsters because of their political beliefs. It is difficult for me to see so much hatred in their eyes. The left hate the right and the right hate the left. Not only is our nation divided, but friendships are torn apart.

That’s what No Concession Blues is about. It’s a piece about people actually going out of their ways to NOT get along.

What’s funny about No Concession Blues is that it’s not a blues. 🙂 It’s a rhythm changes tune with some bluesy lines in it. We perform this every time Living Rhythms performs, and when I tell the audience that it’s not a blues, they always get a kick out of that. The unreconciled title mismatch represents how I see all this political stuff. It’s all lies and half truths! Neither side is right. Neither side is trustworthy…in my opinion.

Anyway, enough of the politics! I just wanted to share this video with you. It really is an honor to have one of my compositions in someone’s senior recital. Thank you Cesar!

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G Above Super C

So, here’s a short clip of me demonstrating high notes at a summer masterclass. The funny thing about this video is that I don’t typically demonstrate high notes in public this way. There are only a few contexts when I might do this. Usually it is to show that you don’t need a different mouthpiece to play high.

This video was taken at Taylor High School during one of the summer master classes that I taught last year (2016). One of the students sent me the video on facebook but I never got it until today.

It’s true that my method and my books will help you develop a better range. It’s true that my students, when they follow my method, also develop great ranges. It is also true that most of my gigs are for playing lead trumpet. But I do not consider myself a high note player nor a high note guru. I guess the difference is philosophical. To say that I am a high note player would leave so many important aspects of what I do out of the equation. I am not JUST a high note player. The high notes is actually one of the least important things to me, not only in my trumpet playing, but also in my performance.

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