Special Projects

Master Classes & Workshops

Triple Play excels in playing accessible assemblies for students of all ages and can lead Master Classes, Workshops and Clinics on a variety of topics, including:

  1. Coaching Jazz Ensembles. Many times Triple Play has listened to, critiqued and joined high school and junior high jazz bands to encourage and inspire students to improvise.
  2. The Evolution of the Blues
  3. Exploring Odd Times, Continuing the Brubeck Tradition. Chris, Joel and Madcat discuss their performances with Dave Brubeck through the years and demonstrate their unique ability to play in unusual time signatures.
  4. Classical Guitar Master Classes (Joel Brown)
  5. Trombone Master Class (Chris Brubeck)
  6. Harmonica Master Class (Peter Madcat Ruth)
  7. Composition Master Classes: (Chris Brubeck)
  • Creating a Commission in the Real World An entertaining description of Interplay for Three Violins and Orchestra commissioned by The Boston Pops for violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Regina Carter and Eileen Ivers including showing award winning broadcast of their performance on PBS´ “Evening at Pops”
  • Setting Lyrics & Poems to Music – Chris has received several Meet the Composer grants utilizing children´s poetry including the well-reviewed River of Song written for Frederica von Stade.
  • Composing “Outside the Box” Insights into creating “Ansel Adams: America” – The marriage of image and music.
  • “Mark Twain´s World: A Symphonic Journey for Genuine Thespians” – Lecture/Demo by Chris Brubeck about America´s Master Writer and Chris´s groundbreaking composition for actors and orchestra.
  • “Quiet Heroes: A Salute to the Flagraisers of Iwo Jima” – Lecture/Demo by Chris Brubeck about writing this patriotic work inspired by the book “Flags of Our Fathers”

Orchestral Programs

General Orchestral Programs

Featuring Chris Brubeck – Piano, Bass, Trombone & Vocals, Joel Brown – Guitar & Vocals, Peter Madcat Ruth – Harmonica, Jawharp & Vocals. With Original Chris Brubeck ORCHESTRAL Arrangements for all Tunes Listed Below:

  • TAKE FIVE   P. Desmond, arr. C. Brubeck
  • POLLY D. Brubeck, arr. C. Brubeck
  • UNSQUARE DANCE D. Brubeck, arr. C. Brubeck
  • VIVALDI
  • BILLY’S SONG  J. Brown, arr. C. Brubeck
  • THE MIGHTY MRS. HIPPY C. Brubeck
  • EASY WINNERS S. Joplin, arr. C. Brubeck
  • BLUE RONDO  a la TURK D. Brubeck, arr. C. Brubeck
  • KOTO SONG D. Brubeck, arr. C. Brubeck
  • BLUES SUITE FOR HARMONICA & ORCHESTRA . Crofut & B. Keith/ arr. by C. Brubeck
  • BLACK & BLUE F. Waller, arr. C. Brubeck
  • BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME J. Gorney & Y. Harburg, Arr. by C. Brubeck
  • VARIATIONS ON THEMES BY BACH:
    • Praeludium 126 (BWV 924a) W. Fr. Bach, arr. C. Brubeck
    • Praeludium 114 (BWV 846a) J. S. Bach, arr. C. Brubeck
    • Praeludium No. 2 BWV 926 J. S. Bach, arr. C. Brubeck
    • Praeludium for Lute (BWV 997) J. S. Bach, arr. C. Brubeck

Also possible to perform with Chris as Trombone Soloist:

  • CONCERTO FOR BASS TROMBONE & ORCHESTRA C. Brubeck. 3 Movements
  • THE PRAGUE CONCERTO for Trombone & Orchestra C. Brubeck

 

Holiday Orchestral Programs

CHRIS BRUBECK’S TRIPLE PLAY Featuring Chris Brubeck – Piano, Bass, Trombone & Vocals, Joel Brown – Guitar & Vocals, Peter Madcat Ruth – Harmonica, Jawharp & Vocals. With Original Chris Brubeck ORCHESTRAL Arrangements for all Tunes Listed Below:

  • Arr. C. Brubeck Jingle Bells
  • Marks/C. Brubeck Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Arr. C. Brubeck In The Bleak Midwinter   (Optional Adult Chorus)
  • Arr. C. Brubeck Christmas Medley:
    • Gloria
    • Away in a Manger
    • Good King Wenceslas
    • Deck the Halls
    • Oh Come Emanuel
    • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Optional Adult Chorus)
    • C. Brubeck The Sussex Carol (Optional Adult Chorus)
  • Arr. C. Brubeck The Children’s Song of the Nativity (Optional Children’s Chorus)
  • Arr. C. Brubeck Mr. Bear (Optional Child Soloist)
  • Arr. C. Brubeck Mystery Carol (Santa Claus Is Coming To Town) (Optional Adult Chorus)
  • Bach – Variations on Themes by Bach (lst cut of our LSO CD)
  • Arr. C. Brubeck Silent Night/We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Optional Adult Chorus)

Possible Encores:

  • Proto Round & Round the Christmas Tree (to the tune of Old Joe Clark)
  • Holiday Harmonica Extravaganza!
  • D. Brubeck, Arr. C. Brubeck Unsquare Dance