TBJ121: Wayne du Maine

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TBJ121: Trumpeter Wayne du Maine on working with Bernstein and Prince, but not at the same time. He is one of the busiest and most successful musicians working today and he shares how he balances it all with a smile on his face.

From his bio:

A native of St. Louis, Wayne J. du Maine currently performs with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with contemporary music ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, Sospeso, and ST-X Xenakis. Mr. du Maine is a member of the Manhattan Brass and with Mercury and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Brass Quintets, he is dedicated to performing and introducing live music to thousands of school children in the NYC area, NJ and PA. Wayne has worked with a broad spectrum of artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein and Leonard Slatkin to Hank Jones, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Patti Lupone and Audra MacDonald. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of St. Louis, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He can be heard on recordings with the New York Philharmonic, Met Opera Orchestra, numerous commercials, motion pictures and with Prince on his New Power Soul recording.

Mr. du Maine is on the faculty of Columbia and Princeton Universities as well as Bar Harbor Brass Week. At the Juilliard School, Wayne teaches trumpet in the Music Advancement Program and serves as a teaching assistant in the Instrumental Music Program. He is also on the conducting faculty of the Elisabeth Morrow Summer Strings and now is Music Director of the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble at the Elisabeth Morrow School. Recently, Wayne made his Brooklyn Philharmonic conducting debut to critical acclaim and will make his Westchester Philharmonic debut in Spring, 2011.

Mr. du Maine has performed at music festivals in Aspen, Spoleto, Tanglewood, Vermont Mozart, Bowdoin, Marlboro, Berkshire Choral, and the Manchester (VT) Music Festival. Wayne just completed a two year run of Fiddler on the Roof where he was associate conductor. He is currently a member of the show How The Grinch Stole Christmas and has served as associate conductor at the hit revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center. Highlights of recent performances include the Boys Choir of Harlem, Take 6, Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society, Absolute Ensemble, soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony, Peter, Paul and Mary, and the rock band Jesus H. Christ, where he plays keyboards.

A member of two softball leagues in Central Park, Wayne resides in New Jersey with his wife, Sharon and daughter Sequoia.

In this fun and lively discussion, we cover:

  • Stanley Cup/St. Louis Blues

  • NYU brass program

  • Learning the ropes as an administrator

  • Recruiting and fundraising

  • Negotiating and the art of pricing

  • 1990 Tanglewood performance of Copland's Third Symphony under Bernstein

  • Conducting

  • Scotch and cigarettes

  • Prioritization and scheduling

  • Playing in the stage bands at The Met

  • Mark Gould

  • Portfolio career/freelancing

  • Looking 7-9 months ahead to manage uneven income

  • Playing on Broadway while still in school

  • The importance of sightreading

  • How he guides his students

  • Wayne du Maine's Beer Course With Trumpet

  • Recording with Prince

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