Reprinted with kind permission from the Brass Informant.
We interviewed Ellis L. Workman, Inventor/Mentor of the beloved, revered and mostly plastic Hosaphone(tm). At BI (Brass Informant) we pride ourselves on our journalistic ethics which are beyond reproach. In keeping with our in-depth format, an unedited interview directly transcribed from our BI reporter's dictation device is published in its entirety. BI caught up with Mr. Workman at his home in the foothills of Minnesota.
This article was re-printed here with kind permission from the ITG & the Australian Trumpet Guild.
The first Aussie ITG Conference was held July 4-5 at Presbyterian Ladies College (PLC) in Croydon, an inner suburb of Sydney. Recitals and lectures were held in the Victorian School Hall – with its stage and plush curtains, two open fireplaces, and a 1901 Davidson pipe organ.
Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters has been voted by Starting Point users to be a "Hot Site" and will be featured on June 28, 1998 as a Starting Point entrtain "Hot Site".
Montreal Gazette - The 'Web Page' covers Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters.
Florida Times-Union - Best bets on the Net covers Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters. Wer Watch by Ed Stansel reports on homemade music and directs readers to "Grab yourself some plastic tubing, a funnel, duct tape and ... you have the makings of a classical musicial instrument."
The Washington Post - Bizarro Mischief by Linton Weeks covers Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters. "...where visitors can learn to fashion a bizarre-looking musical instrument from plastic tubing, a funnel and black electrical tape for about eight bucks. "
Codetta in C for Hosaphone(tm), Piano and Bass by David A. Roth was broadcasted on the Dr. Demento Radio Show on August 31, 1997 as an "Extra" on the "Funny Five".
The Philadelphia Inquirer online declared Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters a Web Winner in July, 1997 by proclaiming it "An instrument for the people!" wrote Reid Kanaley, Technology and Business reporter. This honor was shared with a composer who never composed a work for the beloved, revered and mostly plastic Hosaphone(tm) by the name of Leonard Bernstein. We hope this rubbing up against the elbows of success will help give this Bernstein fellow a much needed boost to his career.
Presented at the PALA (Poetics and Linguistics Association) conference, Summer 1997 in Nottingham, England
by David Stacey
This presentation was re-printed here with kind permission from David Stacey.
Walter Nash and the Trumpet, Amateurism, Lurking and TPIN
Isn't it just like an American to start everything off on a personal note? Two very positive personal experiences converge in my topic, two happy events that effectively brought me back to life again, several years ago, after having been pretty well worn out by a long and arduous dissertation project.
First is the works and days of Walter Nash. I read The Language of Humour and then Seeing through Language, then Rhetoric: the Wit of Persuasion, and then everything else I could find. Reading these wonderful books rerouted my research and redefined my teaching interests, re-centered my love for language study, especially the kinds practiced by Nash, Paul Simpson, Rob Pope, Sharon Goodman and others in PALA. Then, getting to know Bill Nash through letters and then visits to his home, I found I had an academic mentor, for the first time in my life, and also a very good friend.
By Martin Taylor, Bb Tuba Player & UK HosaReporter(tm) on special assignment
OXFORDSHIRE--The first UK performance of Codetta in C for Hosaphone(tm), Piano and Bass, comp(h)osed by David A. Roth, took place at the bandhall of Wantage Silver Band, in Wantage, Oxfordshire, on Sunday 13th April 1997, before a bemused but enthusiastic audience. The hoser on this occasion was Graham Cross, a 17-year-old trumpeter and cornettist who plans to join the Army as a musician later this year. He was accompanied very competently at the piano by David Taylor, and quite "incompetently" on the tuba by Martin Taylor, who deemed it his duty to throw enough wrong notes in to make up for the technically polished performance of the other two. The performance was awarded "best in class" in the Entertainment class of Wantage Band's annual band contest by adjudicator Helen Wright, sometime solo cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. Helen was last seen retreating rapidly from the bandhall, still shaking her head.
Seth Williamson, classical music host at WVTF Public Radio - Net Notes: Classical Music on the Web directs listeners to Hosaphone(tm) Headquarters.