During the first days of October 2003, the Canadian Staff Band (Bandmaster Kevin Hayward) accompanied renowned Canadian trumpeter Jens Lindemann in making his latest recording. Lindemann’s connection with the Staff Band began with the band’s 33rd anniversary concert, held in May 2002, where he performed as the special guest. This led to his proposal that the band accompany him on a recording.
Sessions were held on 1, 3, and 4 October, in the South Etobicoke area of Toronto. The venue was the Assembly Hall, an early 20th-century building recently renovated by the city of Toronto as a cultural arts center. Engineering for the recording was provided by Salvationist Ted Marshall of Marshall Arts Productions. Also in attendance were Earl Rosen, owner of Marquis Classics records, and producer Karen Wilson. Assisting on some tracks was drummer Ted Warren, and Lindemann was joined by James Thomson, professor of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, for Horowitz’ Concerto Classico for Two Trumpets.
In addition to the Horowitz Concerto, the following repertoire was recorded (items featured at the 2002 anniversary concert are in bold):
- Adagio from “Concierto de Aranjuez” (Rodrigo, arr. Bolton)
- Concertino (Saschse)
- Eriskay Love Lilt (Duncan)
- Joshua Swings the Battle (Bulla)
- Malaguena (Lecuona, arr. Freeh)
- Riverdance (Whelan/Farr)
- Slavische Fantasie (Hohne, arr. Graham)
- Someone To Watch Over Me (Christmas)
- Soul Bossa Nova (Jones, arr. Duncan)
- Standing on the Promises (Court)
- The Rising Sun (Vizzuti, arr. Norbury)
Jens Lindemann holds degrees from McGill University and the Julliard School. He has won numerous international trumpet competitions, including both the Prague and Ellsworth Smith (Florida) competitions in 1992 by unanimous juries. Equally at home with classical, pop and jazz styles, Lindemann was the lead trumpet for the world-renowned Canadian Brass for five years. In 1998, with the Toronto Symphony, he performed the North American premeire of a major European trumpet work, the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Concerto. He was named “Professor with Distinction” at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001.