The Triangle Tuba Quartet

Christmas CD

In 2005, The Triangle Tuba Quartet recorded a Christmas CD with our friend and popular TV meteorologist, Greg Fishel. Over the past several years, we’ve enjoyed playing with Greg in Salvation Army Red Kettle bands and at one of his company’s recent holiday parties. So when Greg asked us to help him make a Christmas CD that his company (Capitol Broadcasting Company) could give to their employees as holiday gifts, we were glad to oblige. Because this was our first CD, however, we had no idea what we were agreeing to!

We began the process in the fall of 2004, thinking that would give us plenty of time to produce a CD in time for holiday gift giving in December of 2005. As it turned out, it took every bit of that time to select music, secure permission to record it, find a producer/recording engineer, develop a letter of agreement between all the parties involved, schedule rehearsals and recording dates, rehearse and record, approve the edits and the cover art, and write the liner notes.

We were fortunate to have the able assistance of Joel Leipzig from Carolina CD. Joel located a recording site (a large room at Glenaire Retirement Community), recorded both of our four-hour sessions, did the editing, mixing and mastering, and developed the cover art, using photographs of the group taken by his wife, Kay Williams. Even with this expert help, we still had to put in quite a bit of time listening to takes and making recommendations for edits.

The CD includes music arranged by Eugene Anderson, Norlan Bewley, Jeff Kirkpatrick, Ken Schneider, Rodger Vaughan, David Werden, and Alec Wilder. We are especially pleased that it includes Tuba Manger, arranged by our 1st euphonium player Paul Gramann, and featuring Greg as soloist. Most of the arrangements are for 2 tubas and 2 euphoniums, so Greg doubles the bass line -- you can never have too much bass! The final number on the CD is a jazzy tuba trio arrangement of Let It Snow, with our 1st tuba player Joe Lowman adding a nice bongo drum beat.

Now that that this effort is completed, we are looking back on the experience with satisfaction and anticipating giving copies to family and friends as Christmas gifts. We also certainly have a heightened awareness, appreciation, and profound respect for the effort and artistry involved in producing the professional quality CDs we enjoy listening to, but often take for granted.

Update (April '06): We are permanently out of stock of our Christmas CD but some of the songs on the CD can be heard on our Sound Bytes page.