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Celebration for Doc

(Written by Michael Clayville.)

On May 2, Novus joined Scott Hartman, John Fedchock, Jeremy Moeller, Mark Lusk, Jeannie Little, Ron Barron, Lisa Albrecht, the Eastman Trombone Choir and a full audience to celebrate Dr. John Marcellus‘s career at the Eastman School of Music.

It’s beyond words the honor that it was to perform on the concert. So much of what I know and strive to be comes from John Marcellus. For our portion of the event Novus performed two movements from John Orfe’s Parable of the Sower. The original parable talks about the things that keep the farmer’s seeds from growing to their full potential, John’s piece expresses those ideas in musical form. The group thought it fitting to perform a piece with such a direct relation to teaching.

Full program here (not printed: Novus interrupted the first piece with the Eastman Choir/Christmas Sing standard the “Trink Canon.”):

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While I didn’t get many photos from the event itself I did manage (with friend, Mike Ketner’s, help) to get some images from the rehearsal before the performance.

From the program at the event:

Trombonist, conductor, and pedagogue Dr. John Marcellus was appointed Professor and Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir in 1978 after a worldwide search for an heir to the legacy of Eastman’s legendary Professor of the Trombone, Emory Remington (1922-1972), the “Chief.” “Doc” Marcellus is internationally known as a soloist for his performances and recordings as Principal Trombone of the National Symphony Orchestra and as soloist with the United States Navy Band. He is a respected brass pedagogue and international recording artist with a stunning record of former students successfully winning major symphony orchestra auditions and appointments to some of the most prestigious music faculties in the world.

Dr. Marcellus is currently a member of the Eastman Brass, Principal Trombone of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Brighton (NY) Symphony Orchestra, and a performing artist for Courtois Trombones of the Buffet Crampon Company. He is a former member of many fine ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet Orchestra, the American Ballet Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the National Symphony Brass Quintet, the Washington Theatre Chamber Players, and the Contemporary Music Forum of Washington. Dr. Marcellus has appeared as guest conductor at Interlochen Center for the Arts (1982); Penfield Symphony; US Naval Academy Band; and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra (1995, 2005).

Novus’s participation in the event was made possible with generous support by Sheridan Brass:



NOVUS Returns to the ETW

On March 19, NOVUS will return to the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Ft. Myer, Virginia for its third performance at the festival. NOVUS will premiere two new works, Opus Esoterica by Jeff Cortazzo, US Army Blues/Capitol Bones/Washington Trombone Ensemble bass trombonist; and Events and Their Horizons by Hilary Purrington, graduate student at the Juilliard School and graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Jeff’s piece creatively intertwines musical cells familiar to most every trombonist:

Remington exercises in harmony

Remington exercises in harmony

It’s an exciting piece that will have you amazed by how naturally he blended these exercises together. And fun for the group to put together, we feel like we’ve been practicing the piece for most of our lives!

Hilary’s piece is a longer affair, with unison notes passed through the group that, sometimes subtly and sometimes not, shift to dissonant harmony then back again. It’s an exercise in blend and uniformity, of pitch, articulation, release… all the fundamentals of ensemble playing.

Events and Their Horizons by Hilary Purrington (excerpt)

Come check out these brand new pieces!


Shires Artists!

Novus is extremely proud to announce a partnership with S. E. Shires Co. As Shires Artists the members of Novus will use Shires Instruments in their quartet performances.

Mike Selover and Dana Landis made a trip to the Shires Factory in Hopedale, MA last weekend. Both are looking to purchase new instruments: Dana, a Shires “Chicago” tenor, and Mike, a custom tenor. This wasn’t Novus’s first trip to Hopedale, Mike Clayville and Dana Landis have been playing Shires horns since 1999. The whole quartet took a trip to the factory in 2010. Here are some pictures from last weekend and 2010:

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