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Richard Rayer
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Richard Rayer
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85 Tracks
Composer, arranger, woodwind performer
1
The Road Home
Peak position #13
2
Midnight Overtures with Clarinet(1)
Peak position #35
3
Mid Winter Lament and Tango
Peak position #30
4
Ballad in May
Peak position #48
5
Basie Does It
Today #54 in Swing subgenre
I am not a band but a composer, arranger and performer. Pieces that I will present are works that I have written. Some are symphonic in nature and others are more like ballads. All are composed and arranged using Finale to write the music, Tracktion 2 to sequence the music and Garritan Personal Orchestra to perform the music. I hope you enjoy my music as much as I enjoy putting my ideas into sounds that are the rhythm, melody, and harmony of life.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I do perform in everything from jazz bands, trios, orchestras, to woodwind ensembles. I enjoy playing all styles of music and that is reflected in my composition as well. There are a lot of special moments in my career. Some include performing with some of the famous swing bands of the 1940's. Though I played with these guys in the 1970's, some of them still had excellent ablility. I have played in "The Jan Garber Band", "The Ted Weems Band" and "The Les Elgart Band". I have also performed with Tex Beneke and Abby Lane. But the most difficult performance I ever had to play was in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for delegates from Governor Rockerfellers staff. As a Trio of clarinet (me), Piano, and Violin, we performed among other works the Bela Bartok "Contrasts".
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