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2. Death March
If I didn’t have enough going on in the last five years, I started getting legit trombone gigs. Well, “legit” in the sense I was playing with other musicians, some of them quite talented, in places like courthouse lawns and theaters instead of dive bars. Don’t worry, I’m still making very little money. Anywho, when you play in a concert band, in damn near every concert you play a march. Marches were like pop music at the turn of the twentieth century (John Phillip Sousa and such). Side note: most legit players hate Sousa, partly because you have to play his tunes all the time and because there’re tons of better marches out there. But Sousa is popular and it makes all of the old people happy, and they are the bread and butter of the concert band. Marches have a strict form—Intro, AA, BB, Trio CC, with a possible dog fight thrown in—and are always in 2—you gotta march, after all. The Trio always modulates a fourth. So, as I was playing one of these things for the millionth time, I got to thinking that I should probably write my own march, so I did. It mostly follows the march form, although the B section is fairly truncated and it doesn’t stick to a strictly 2 beats per measure pattern, because I’m me. Lyrically, I tried to hit on some of the war issues that have come up in the last five years. Generally I find that dates a song, but it seemed an apt topic for a march.

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from The Roustabout, released October 4, 2016

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The Dr. Orphyus Project Clay City, Illinois

The Dr. Orphyus Project is a one-man death metal jazz fusion band. During the six years since the band was founded, The Dr. Orphyus Project has completed three full-length albums, two comic book/albums, one DVD and is currently working on it's fourth full-length album. The DOP has performed in 15 different states on 5 different US tours and 9 different countries in Europe on 2 different tours. ... more

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