Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wonder Pets

Earlier this week, I took ABEL's eardrums to the limit with a 102.8 decibel recording of Horsepower - appropriate given that Horsepower is an ensemble that uses the tuba in a nontraditional role (actually, several tubas!)

Otherwise known as the sousaphone section of the Virginia State University marching band, Horsepower regularly performs as a stand-alone group in throwdowns with other HBCU sousaphone sections. Under the coaching of The Gentleman, Horsepower has assembled a repertoire of original 2, 3, and 4-part fanfares like this deafening rendition of Wonder Pets. The fanfares are typically taught by ear and carefully guarded against the espionage of rivals.

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