Amazing what you can find on YouTube…

Elephant Show – Band on the Run – in 3 parts.

Sharon, Lois & Bram – I worked with SLB (and Elephant!) almost from the beginning of their career as Canada’s favourite kids’ entertainers, through the 1980s and beyond. The highlight from those years was musically depicting Elephant’s “emotions” on Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show. Some nice person out there has uploaded many episodes including, “Band on the Run”, where we in the Band got to “act” as well as play. I still have my copy of the original script! (BTW, I can’t watch this without cringing because it’s very clear at one point that I forget how the chart goes (that we recorded in May!), whilst miming on camera, (in the following August!)! Go ahead. Have a good laugh on me!)

Shmenge Bros. – The Last Polka

A cult classic! Someone uploaded the whole movie and I play throughout the entire film a lot, If you want to hear my goofy, “made up” solo, go to the 30 minute mark when the band leaves the stage and lets their tuba player go nuts! (The only guideline I received [from Eugene Levy] was that at no time should the solo get “jazzy”.) That’s a real polka band miming to what we did in the studio, and the weird thing is – I used to be that band’s tuba player! (See the photos section for a shot of me and my lederhosen during the time I was with the band!)

Rolie Polie Olie

“Polie Pox” – I played the background music on that show for several years. Every recording session, we would basically sight read a big stack of music cues onto tape. This episode, “Polie Pox” has a couple of cool tuba licks!

This was a fun one – some nice tuba licks! James Woods did Gloomius Maximus’ voice but didn’t sing this.

The Big Snit

an Oscar-nominated animation short from the National Film Board of Canada featuring (amongst other things) tuba, viola and piano in the score. Remarkable for its extensive use of the oinking “golden tone” technique, a sound I “mastered” while still in High School!

John Byner, Bizarre with special guest Henny Youngman and his Orchestra

(“Dis Band should disband!”)  – Yes, that’s the legendary jazzman, Rob McConnell cracking up throughout the sketch.  I’m in my usual place at the back!

Porky’s 2 – The Snake Scene –

What can I say? Cool, or what? There’s a story here as well. Paul Zaza was the composer of the score on this film. Well into my studio musician career, I hadn’t worked with Paul at all, until one day I was booked on a jingle that he had composed. At the session, I said something about the fact that I’d never played for him before, and that I would love to be on one of those film scores that he composed. At the end of the session, he said I had inspired him to use tuba on his next project – perhaps a dubious honour considering the nature of the tuba moment!

Jack Grunsky at International Horn Day in Toronto

OK. Not tuba playing. Jack Grunsky at International Horn Day in Toronto – I resurrected some 30 year old atrophied electric bass chops just for this!

China Boy.  Scarborough Civic Centre.

One of Joan’s horn students, Caitlin Coppell, playing one of my pieces, Shapeshifter.

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