Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Today in our Brass Ensemble Literature Class, we took a step back to earlier wind ensembles employing some instruments that are not as familiar in a modern context.

Today we listened to the group Piffaro (

not to be confused with Piffero (
which a quick search on Google will reveal is a crude type of oboe related to another earlier ancestor, the shawm. That's right, double reeds got into our brass ensembles. I feel a little bit wrong inside. If it had to be a woodwind, Piffero was a good choice!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On Boats, with a scenic background? This could only be more perfect if there was actual mist coming off of the lake.

Posted by Peter Brugger on Thursday, August 20, 2015
With a little bit of clicking around Facebook, I was able to find the source of this video belongs to an organization called Bläserurlaub Bad Goisern (

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hello and welcome to Gorillas in the Mist.

The goal of this blog is to find, explore, and discuss Brass Players caught in unusual contexts - or as I call them, Gorillas in the Mist.

For my first post, I'll take a classic example of a Tubist putting on someone else's shoes and taking a walk.

By classic, I mean as classic as the famous musical variety show hosted by Lawrence Welk (