Update October 24, 2010: Six new recordings added below, from Angela LeCompte (see [AL] tags). Thanks Angela!
I played trumpet for Pleasant Hill High School’s competitive big-band Solar Jazz band from 1987-1990, directed by Mike Wiggins. The recordings below were captured from cassette tapes of Solar Jazz’s performances, tapes that I rescued from a box in my garage. They sat untouched for two decades before I stumbled over them and decided to extract them from their analog cocoon. The quality of these recordings varies from OK to lousy … but it’s the best I could do with the media. The Willamette and KUGN recordings are the highest quality. Everything is MP3 format, 256kbps stereo.
I could use help adding metadata to these files. If you have information that might add to the fun (song names, exact dates, etc.) I’d be happy to update this page accordingly. Shoot me an email or add a comment on this page and I’ll post the info here.
If you have additional recordings that you’d like to share, please let me know and I’d be happy to host them here.
I’d love to hear feedback from old friends and bandmates on this stuff!
Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, 1989. Recorded at Pleasant Hill Junior High School, Pleasant Hill, Oregon.
- Song 1 (3:06)
- Song 2 (6:34)
- Song 3 (4:46)
- Song 4 (5:08)
- Song 5 (4:44)
- Complete recording, with plenty of extra clapping and crowd noise (26:16)
- Bang That Wall Harvey (6:03) [AL]
- Promise of Dreams (6:30) [AL]
Clackamas Community College Jazz Festival, 1989. Recorded at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon.
Live on KUGN radio, 1989. Recorded at South Eugene High School, Eugene, Oregon.
Clark College Jazz Festival, 1989. Recorded at Clark College, Vancouver, Washington.
- Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most (6:20) [AL]
- Autumn (7:10) [AL]
- Sweet Georgia Brown (4:13) [AL]
Willamette University Jazz Festival, 1989. Recorded at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.
- Blue Chip (3:06) [AL]
Clark College Jazz Festival, 1990. Recorded at Clark College, Vancouver, Washington.
Willamette University Jazz Festival, 1990. Recorded at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.
If you are curious, here’s what I used to produce these files: