Ron Romm and Avis Fedge Romm 
Recital in Quad Cities

as posted to the Trumpet Players International mailing list by D. Hamburg

Now that I finally have a minute, I’d like to comment on the concert by Ron and Avis Romm that took place in the Quad Cities last weekend.

First, since Ron is a member of our exalted list: Ron, thanks many times for the time you spent in our area, for the great workshops that you did in our schools and businesses, and for your dazzling concert.

The concert featured what you would expect from a longtime member of the Canadian Brass – an eclectic mix of astounding artistry and entertaining favorites with a bit of humor on the side.

As they were introduced, there was the usual applause, but as it died down, there was nobody on the stage. Then a very soulful rendition of “Amazing Grace” (unaccompanied) came from the wings, and following that, the couple finally appeared.

Guys, Avis is as beautiful as she looks in the posters, and she wore the same gown from the posters. I’m pretty sure that I caught her winking at me a few times, but that may have just been my imagination.

They opened with two selections of their own, “Seeing the Light,” and “Jubilation,” excellent works to showcase the interplay between instruments. Following that were their arrangements of the Ravel, “Pavane” and Debussy’s “Clair De Lune.” Next was the Staigers arrangement of “Carnival of Venice” (flawless), and the Adagio from Beethoven’s “Pathetique ” Sonata (another Romm arrangement).

Then some trickery involving a kiss from Avis (fooled me completely) allowed Ron to retreat backstage. When he returned for “Selections from ‘The Ultimate Opera’,” he was adorned as an operatic diva with skirt (kinda) and wig. This Romm arrangement featured Ron playing famous arias from four operas with minor costume changes between the movements. The intermission followed.

The second half of the concert opened with the Burgstaller arrangement of “The Virgen de la Macarena” (my wife said that it was nothing like the “Macarena” that she knew) followed by a Romm arrangement of the Chopin “Nocturne in E Flat Major.” They then treated us to their arrangement of the three Gershwin Preludes (not on the program) and finished with a Timofei Dokzhitzer arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue for Trumpet and Piano.”

In discussions with friends after the concert, we couldn’t agree on what was the most outstanding aspect of Ron’s playing. I think it was the incredible tone that changed from clear, soft, warm, and sensuous to clear, bright and fiery at will. They think it was the highly emotional interpretations – there were many times when it seemed like love was pouring out the bell.

Either way, I’ve decided that when I grow up, I want to be like Ron. Oops, I am grown up! Well, in my next life, I want to be Ron Romm.

– Dave Hamburg