David Summer Live Performance Recordings
All Recordings © Copyright 2007-2013 by David Summer
Live Performance Recording Samples, Flute, Trumpet, Choir, Organ and Piano
St. Bridget's Catholic Church in Framingham, MA
David Summer, Framingham, MA
Amen from The Mass of Creation
The Mass of Creation
is one of the most popular mass settings in the Catholic Church, particularly the Eucharistic Acclamations.
There are brass parts available for The Mass of Creation and in this sound clip David is playing the first trumpet part.
This Gloria, by James Chepponis, features parts for brass quartet and timpani.
David has been playing the "Melodic Gloria" each Thanksgiving, for over 25 years at St. Bridget's Church in Framingham, MA.
This excerpt is from the end of the piece, with David playing the
trumpet one part
from the included brass parts.
One Spirit, One Church
This beautiful piece, by Kevin Keil, is sung during the Offertory.
included brass part
requires a very light touch on the trumpet.
This is another piece David plays each Thanksgiving at St. Bridget's.
This popular Alleluia includes a simple, but effective, trumpet part by Christopher Walker.
The outstanding music program, including the choir at
St. Bridget's Catholic Church
in Framingham, Massachusetts,
is under the direction of Ann O'Brien who is also the organist at St. Bridget's.
In addition, Ann sings beautifully and is heard during many services at St. Bridget's Church in Framingham as a vocal soloist.
St. Bridget's Church in Framingham Centre MA is a historic New England church.
The church was first established in 1878.
performed on the trumpet and flute
for special services at St. Bridget's in Framingham for over 25 years.
In 2009 he was privileged to be part of the music for a special service celebrating the 50th anniversary of the priesthood for the current pastor of St. Bridget's, Monsignor Francis Strahan.
Msgr. Strahan is also an accomplished musician.
He is the composer of a
Mass in Honor of Jesus Christ, Redemptor
and he organized the music for the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II on the Boston Common in 1979.
Calvary United Methodist Church in Arlington, MA
David Summer, Arlington MA
O Lord, Hear My Prayer
This is a Taizé style hymn.
These are simple choral pieces that are intended to be repeated to achieve a contemplative and meditative frame of mind.
Taizé is an ecumenical community of brothers, or monks, located in the small village of that name in the Burgundy region of eastern France.
David was using his background as a jazz performer to improvise a flute part on the spot for this piece from the chord changes.
Joyful Joyful by Beethoven
This hymn is, of course, from the Symphony Number 9 in D minor, by Ludwig van Beethoven.
It's a popular closing hymn and is also popular as a
wedding recessional or as a joyful postlude to a service.
In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful
This is a short excerpt from the performance of another Taizé style hymn.
This time David is improvising a part on the trumpet.
A violinist, who is a member of the congregation at Calvary Church, is joining in.
These Taizé style hymns have a wonderful, peaceful quality well suited to the middle of a church service.
In the Lord I'll Be Ever Thankful is by Jacques Berthier.
A French composer of liturgical music, Jacques Berthier was best known for writing much of the music used at Taizé.
The impressive music program, including the choir at the
Calvary Methodist Church
in Arlington, Massachusetts,
is under the direction of Sue Paro who is also the organist for the church.
Calvary Church has a beautiful pipe organ as well as a grand piano.
But neither was in use on the days of these services.
The Calvary United Methodist Church, in Arlington, MA, is a
historic Methodist church
listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The church building features a belfry that was designed by noted architect Charles Bulfinch in 1809, originally as part of Boylston Market, Boston and donated to the church in 1921.
David has been
performing on the trumpet and flute
for special services at the Calvary Methodist Church, in Arlington for over 10 years.
St. Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Lincoln, MA
David Summer, Lincoln, MA
All Glory Laud and Honor
This is a traditional hymn, often sung on Palm Sunday.
Again, the trumpet somewhat overshadows the choir in this live recording because the
Zoom H2 recorder was right beside the trumpet.
The Cherry Tree Carol
This traditional Advent carol is about a stop at a cherry orchard made by Mary and Joseph while on their way to Bethlehem.
This version of The Cherry Tree Carol is arranged by Stephen Cleobury.
Cleobury is the Director of Music for the Choir of King's College in Cambridge, England.
Stephen Cleobury also is Conductor Laureate of the BBC Singers.
Noel des bergers
The title of this simple, yet elegant Advent piece translates to "The Shepherds' Christmas".
It features an especially interesting organ part.
This version of Noel des bergers was composed by Carsten Klomp, a German church musician, composer and university teacher.
Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth
This Advent carol was adapted by the German composer and organist Michael Praetorius.
Praetorius was best known for the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns.
The choir arrangement for this tune is also by Stephen Cleobury.
David composed the flute descant for verses six and seven, which are heard in this sound clip.
These verses were performed without the organ, just flute and choir, a challenge for any church choir.
Craig Benner is the Director of Music at
St. Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church
in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Mr. Benner plays the elegant pipe organ at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Lincoln and directs the adult and children's choir there.
St. Anne's in-the-Fields Episcopal Church is another great old New England Church.
The first service at St. Anne's in Lincoln, MA was held on Easter Sunday 1874.
The church was recently renovated and features an exceptionally unique and beautiful interior design.
The Hartford St Presbyterian Church in Natick, MA
Joy in Judea
This joyful vocal selection, by Ruth Elaine Schram and David Davenport, is a bright and festive Christmas Anthem.
Here again, David is deriving a flute part, improvising on the spot, from
the keyboard music.
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
This traditional Christmas hymn is also known by its Latin name, "Adeste Fideles".
The tune was probably written in 1743 by English hymnist John Francis Wade.
Hurry, Shepherds, Run
This jazzy hymn, by Charlotte Lee and Douglas E. Wagner, is another happy Christmas tune.
This time, David is using a
bucket mute on the trumpet and again deriving a trumpet part from
the keyboard music.
A bucket mute is used often in jazz and big band playing, by trumpet, trombone and other brass players.
The bucket mute slightly muffles the sound of the brass instrument.
The marvelous music program, including the choir at the
Hartford St Presbyterian Church
in Natick, Massachusetts, is under the direction of Ed Mascari.
Besides being a wonderful performer on the piano and organ, Ed Mascari is also an excellent, professional piano teacher.
In addition to his piano teaching studio located in Hudson, MA, the
Ed Mascari Piano Studio
continues to provide quality piano and keyboard lessons for children and adults in its well-established home at the Hartford St Presbyterian Church in Natick MA.
If you're looking for the best piano or keyboard lessons in the Natick or Hudson MA areas, contact the Ed Mascari Piano Studio
David has had the opportunity to play a Christmas Concert Service, with Ed Mascari and his choir, at the Hartford St Presbyterian Church every December for the past 28 years.
Each Christmas Concert Service is a lively mix of traditional and jazz Christmas music performed live in a small church setting.
The Congregational Church of Littleton UCC in Littleton, MA
David Summer, Littleton, MA
Angels We Have Heard On High
This popular Christmas carol is probably most notable for its chorus section in which "o" vowel of the word "Gloria" is sung through a fluidly rising and falling melodic line.
David adds just a bit more to the melodic line in his trumpet playing on the chorus.
Go Tell It On The Mountain
A happy sounding Christmas spiritual, this piece has been recorded by a wide range of gospel as well as secular performers.
David keeps his trumpet part simple again just moving the song along as the congregation sings.
Joy To The World
Another happy sounding Christmas favorite, the lyrics to this hymn are by English hymn writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible.
Lowell Mason, a leading figure in American church music, adapted and arranged Watts' words combining them with an older melody by Handel.
For this hymn, David uses a more complex descant that he originally wrote for his own
instrumental recording of the Joy To The World.
The music program at the
Congregational Church of Littleton
is under the direction of Kyle Bertulli.
Mr. Bertulli just began his tenure at the church this past fall but is already directing the adult choir as well as two children's choirs, in addition to playing the wonderful church pipe organ.
The Congregational Church of Littleton is a small, but lively and friendly church located near the center of Littleton, MA. The choirs were not singing on the day these pieces were preformed.
But the congregation, including members from the nearby First Baptist Church, was singing enthusiastically along with the pastor Rev. Dr. Vern Swett.
David Summer, Pepperell, MA
The organ at the
Community Church Unitarian Universalist
of Pepperell, Massachusetts
is a beautiful pipe organ, which is beautifully played by organist Liz Cataldo.
The church services at Community Church include music by a Senior Choir, Junior Choir and a Bell Choir.
The Community Church of Pepperell, Unitarian Universalist, is another old New England Church steeped in history.
The church was built in 1860 and includes a working bell tower clock and a
Hook and Hastings pipe organ
This pipe organ was recently renovated and features 629 original pipes that are still in use today.
If you listen to these live church location recordings, obviously the blend between the performers is not up to the same standards as can be achieved in a recording studio.
Also, as demonstrated on the
About Location Recording
page, the microphones are not of the same quality as those you'd find in well equipped
home recording studio
However, if you're a performing musician
you may find recordings of your own made with a portable recording device, like the Zoom H2, useful and enjoyable to have.
David has composed several instrumental hymn descants that he often uses in performance, especially as an engaging trumpet postlude to a service.
Hear a sampling of these original hymn descants
, for trumpet or flute with organ, recorded and performed by David.
David Summer plays the
Trumpet and Flute for church services
throughout Massachusetts, as well as in southern New Hampshire and northern Rhode Island.
David brings over 30 years of professional performance experience to each special music service he performs at.
Not only at Christmas and Easter seasons, but for services throughout the year, including Confirmation and First Communion ceremonies, church anniversaries, pastor installations and many other special occasions.
Often a church will have David return to perform, not to mark a special occasion, but simply as a beautiful addition to the music.
If you're a Central New England church music director or paster,
Contact David today
for information on having him perform on the Flute and Trumpet for one or more of your upcoming church services.