This is a word of warning for all trombone players out there: if you get booked to play some Frank Zappa, get the music out the library a good few weeks before hand! At the end of July, the Aurora Orchestra performed The Adventures of Greggery Peccary in a late-night prom and it is fair to say [...]
The RPO has announced a very exciting concert with virtuoso trumpet player Alan Vizzutti at the Cadogan Hall in October. Details of the concert can be found here. Tickets are available but expected to sell quickly. Visit the RPO website to purchase yours and ensure you do not miss out on this great concert. Last [...]
Tom Watson and Phil Dewhurst are currently putting the final touches on the new Superbrass album Brass Taps. Having listened to Some of the early edits, I can tell you that it is going to raise the bar yet again from their debut recording Under the Spell of Spain. Roger has set up a Kickstarter funding page to help complete the project. [...]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqd5M7NiEDw I can't believe I have gone this long in the music profession without coming across Pink Baby Monster, Mark Gould's youtube offerings. Some of the funniest videos I have seen!
I am delighted to announce that I will be presenting my former teacher Chris Jeans with the 2013 All England Masters International Dedication Award on Sunday at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering. Chris taught me from an early age and is responsible for getting me completely hooked on playing the trombone. For his entire career he [...]
https://soundcloud.com/roger-argente/flood-warning-1-min-mp3 An audio clip from Superbrass' new album Brass Taps. Mike Lovatt and Andy Wood showing how it's done in Mark Nightingale's Flood Warning. If you want to see more and help the project, get involved through their Kickstarter page and help fund the project...it's going to be AMAZING!
Antoine Courtois are very kindly making it possible for me to go to the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama this Saturday 25th May, to perform a short recital for the students there. For five years I made the two hour journey from Leicester to study in the department and I am looking forward [...]
Early Wednesday morning, I caught the 7.35am train up to Manchester, and spent the day at Chetham's School of Music. The main task was to act as the external examiner for the trombone assessments, but around this I managed to spend time with many of the students working through all manner or pieces and studies. [...]
Vérité Dramatique en deux Parties... Tonight at the Royal Festival Hall, the RPO are performing Berlioz's masterpiece La Damnation de Faust under the baton of principal conductor Charles Dutoit. Embarrassingly, before we started rehearsals on Sunday I was only aware of the Hungarian March, mainly due to its prominence as an orchestral excerpt. I doubt I am the only trombone player who [...]