Topic: Quack Squad!

Hello all!

After attending this year's John Mack Master Class in Monterey, CA I became so enthusiastic about oboe-playing (more so than when I first started oboe, and that's saying something) that I started researching and gathering music for double reed ensemble, because I'm creating an ensemble with other oboists from the Master Class.  I'm finding plenty of music, but we're still thinking about names.  We've come up with California Reed Consort, Pacific Double Reed, and Double Reed Sinfonia of the Angels in L. A. County, but I'm looking for something with a little more flair.  Has anyone thought up some really great names that would like to help us out?

Thanks!

aznoboegrl cool
oboe, bassoon

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Re: Quack Squad!

The name should fit the personality of the group.  How would you describe your group?

Oboe, English horn:  Amarillo Symphony, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, Shepherd's Trio
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Composition & Arranging Website:  http://janetlanier.com
"Ever notice how orchestra pits shrink through the run of a show?"

Re: Quack Squad!

How about "La Cadre" -- for LA County (A-something -- Angelic? :-) ) Double Reed Ensemble.

(Babelfish says that translates from French to English as "the framework".  I thought a cadre was a group of people, kind of like a posse.)

I used to live in Southern California and do various kinds of music, and I came up with the name of "la vie", the Los Angeles Vocal/Instrumental Ensemble.  I think they're still doing concerts...  Anyway, I was quite proud of that name.  "La" is a good starter for a name.

Have fun with your group!   - Susan

Susan Richter :: Austin, TX :: bassoon, dulcian

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Re: Quack Squad!

My double reed ensemble when I was in a band camp was named "The Oboons" (as a combination of the word oboe and bassoon). Like jlanier2001 said, it really depends on the personality of your group. I'd say sit everyone down and have each member write down five names that come to mind, regardless of how silly or unusual, and then compare. Maybe you can combine ideas.

Claire Binkley
Oboe/English Horn
West Chester University

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I used to have a trio called "Troissant" (pronounced twa-sohn).  A French teacher told me it wasn't a real French word but if it were it would mean something like trioing.  Also had a quintet called Yun which meant reverberations in nature.  Maybe you could define your ensemble's personality or goal and find a foreign word to name it.  There's so many ways to come up with a name but like Claire said have the group sit down and write down ideas (brainstorm).  It's fun to come up with ideas.  Good luck and let us all know what you decided.

Oboe, English horn:  Amarillo Symphony, Chamber Music Amarillo, Amarillo Opera, Shepherd's Trio
Blog:  http://janet.thelaniers.net/
Composition & Arranging Website:  http://janetlanier.com
"Ever notice how orchestra pits shrink through the run of a show?"