Trumpet/Organ Duo

Seipp/Sheets Duo

Engaging ~ Innovative ~ Entertaining ~ Virtuosic ~ Diverse

A Unique Concert Blend Of Music And Video

Trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets are two performers at the top of their craft. As the Seipp/Sheets Duo, their programs feature a diverse array of classical, virtuoso, lyrical, humorous and patriotic works. The duo’s performances also include audience participation and video presentations, ranging from interactive videos, to patriotic imagery, to silent film.

Both are high-profile musicians in their own right. Dr. Sheets is ceremonial organist for Arlington National Cemetery, and Dr. Seipp is a Shenandoah Conservatory professor and Sergeant Major (retired) from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.”

Their reputation for excellence as a duo has grown during the past four seasons, as they have performed more than 50 concerts in 20 states (including Piccolo Spoletto L’Organo, Washington National Cathedral, The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, and West Point Cadet Chapel) and produced three recordings. In addition to standard repertoire and arrangements of their own, the Seipp/Sheets Duo regularly commission new arrangements and compositions.

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We would love to hear from you about Concert Series in your region where our programs may be of interest.  Thank you for your consideration and please feel free to contact us for any additional information.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Chuck Seipp
703-517-0670
chuckseipp@gmail.com
Randall Sheets
540-842-4450
randallksheets@gmail.com

See us live on our archived performance at the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC.

Three Seipp/Sheets Duo CDs available on request.

*LISTEN TO A YOUTUBE PLAYLIST FROM OUR TWO RECENT CD’S https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhn36dMRc_jLxwsfW8R_poZumpDEk6KMl

Please see our Duo Website and Facebook page for more information:

www.seippsheetsduo.com

Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo on Facebook

“What They Say”

“You thought you were coming today to hear a trumpeter.  Wrong!  You heard a superb musician whose instrument happens to be the trumpet.  Six of them, as a matter of fact, were required for Dr. Chuck Seipp to achieve the various tone qualities that he was able to elicit from them.  Couple this with an equally-gifted organist, Dr. Randall Sheets, and you have a program that elicited an instantaneous standing ovation from a very excited audience.  All of this happened today at a L’Organo recital, part of Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.”  Dr. Robert Gant / Chair, L’Organo 6/5/19

“The Seipp/Sheets Duo dazzled as they put on a beautifully crafted organ and trumpet recital that covered the entire gamut of repertoire from beloved favorites to even the serious music lovers’ delights. Seipp utilized a forest of trumpets, showed off his virtuosity, impeccable articulation, tremendous phrasing and musicality, and even juggling skills while Sheets pulled out all the stops, displaying great soloistic and collaborative abilities on organ and piano. A truly great performance!”
Randy Lee, Professor of Trumpet, The University of Florida

“The audience loved the masterful artistry of this trumpet/organ duo. It was the highlight of our concert series.”
Gary Lamb, Commander (Retired), The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”

“You are two of the finest performers anywhere. Fabulous recital from the first note to the last. You are such virtuoso yet incredibly sensitive musicians and everything you play complements the other. What a treat for all of us to see and hear what really is possible and talk about versatility! Your sound is so beautiful and flows so fluently. I have no words to adequately describe what I heard from your duo. Your dazzling technique doesn’t seem technical, just rich, glorious sound.”
Carter Eggers, Professor of Trumpet, Eastern Michigan University, Retired

“Fantastic musicianship, great programming…the audience was blown away”
Jo Hodgin, Commissioner~Virginia Commission for the Arts

“The Seipp/Sheets Duo played with sensitivity and brio, with comic glee and utter seriousness, with thoughtful attention to musical tradition and an eye to contemporary composition and nuance. They left the audience wishing for more.”
Mark Looker, Director, Kreft Arts Program, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

 “The abilities of this consummate musical duo to connect with the audience on both emotional  and intellectual levels provided the foundation for an inspiring performance epitomizing the very highest standards of programming, musicianship, & musical integrity.”
Roger Stoner, Professor of Music (Trumpet), Retired, University of Kansas

“The Seipp/Sheets Duo presented a splendid concert program, combining tremendous instrumental technique and artistry in all respects along with engaging programming. The balanced program delivered something to appeal to listeners of all types. Wonderful!”
John Helgen, Director/Composer/Arranger, Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN

 Sunday’s recital at Ft. Myer’s Old Post Chapel was an absolutely stunning triumph. Seipp met every musical challenge with a brilliant technique and gorgeous tone, switching among his array of trumpets with aplomb. Sheets proved to be not only a sympathetic partner at the organ and piano but also a virtuoso soloist in his own right.”
Roy Guenther, Professor Emeritus, Executive Associate Dean Emeritus, GWU, DC 

The Seipp/Sheets Duo varied, exciting and virtuoso performance and their ability to relate with their audience are only a few of the superlative attributes of this duo. Audiences leave with smiles on their faces knowing that they have heard music making of the highest caliber.”
Steven Cooksey, Organ Professor Emeritus, Shenandoah Conservatory

“It was my pleasure to enjoy the Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo recently at First Presbyterian Church, Saginaw, MI.   They are extremely sensitive to each other’s role in this collaborative effort, and there were times that I could not tell who was playing what. That speaks well to Randall Sheets’s use of the organ and to Chuck Seipp’s role as the solo instrumentalist. Their program featured music of many different styles and periods of music for trumpet and organ and was very well received by the audience. This is no ordinary collaboration of musicians: they are well worth hearing if they are performing in your area.”
Steven Egler, Professor of Music Emeritus (Organ), Central Michigan University

“Your stunning arrangements and variety of repertoire made the evening memorable for everyone. Our community is still talking about your wonderful performance.”
David Reynolds, Department Head, Trumpet Professor, South Dakota State University

“Chuck and Randy refreshed us, inspired us and filled our space with a wonderful combination of an excellent musical presentation and enthusiasm for their art.”
Catherine Nance, Director of Music, St. John’s United Methodist, Aiken, SC

 A great musical compliment to one another, combined a fantastic musical force. Your performance of ‘Elegy’ will be in my mind’s eye and ears for years to come” 
Jeffery Honoré, Director of Music, Holy Apostles Catholic Parish, New Berlin, WI

“Our audience loved your performance, our best concert ever! An amazing and wonderfully crafted program that ended on such a high and emotional note with the salute to veterans”
Frank Zimmerman, Concert Series Chair, Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, IL

“An amazing concert! Astonishing musicianship coupled with your humble hearts exceeded all expectations!”
Craig Williams, Organist/Choirmaster,
United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

“The Seipp/Sheets Duo provided an afternoon of stellar music and convivial entertainment for our concert series in Saginaw. Chuck and Randy are consummate professionals who play with a superb degree of musicianship. The tribute to our veterans was particularly moving. I had a church member tell me that she was brought to tears by the Armed Forces Medley. Thank you for a most memorable afternoon!”
Collin Whitfield, Director of Music Ministries, First Presbyterian Church, Saginaw, MI 

“Thank you for the wonderful tour de force concert you presented in Brevard. Your terrific program was performed with such great skill, technique and musicality. The salute to the veterans was greatly appreciated by those in attendance. Again, my appreciation for your superb performance!”
Charlie Steele, Director/Organist,
Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church, Brevard, NC

“You guys were FANTASTIC! Every place I turn people are still RAVING about it. Your recital is being called a New York night! Thanks to you and Chuck for such stimulating playing. Two great artists make for an unbelievably thrilling evening.”
James Kriewald, Organist Christ Episcopal Church,
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA

Bios:

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Trumpeter Chuck Seipp retired from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” in 2012, culminating his 32-year career as Concert Band Group Leader. Sergeant Major Seipp performed at national, presidential and historical world events, at concerts and special events in Washington, D.C., and for funerals and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. He performed with the Concert Band, Orchestra, Ceremonial Band, Herald Trumpets, Brass Quintet, and was a featured soloist. Chuck has toured and recorded solo trumpet and organ repertoire throughout Europe with world–renowned organist Diane Bish, appearing regularly on her “Joy of Music” television series. In addition, he has performed with The U.S. Army Brass Quintet. Through CJ Seipp Music Publications, he markets his own brass arrangements, many of which have been played and recorded by the Canadian Brass Quintet, The U.S. Army Brass Quintet and many groups around the world. Chuck’s recording project of The Wedding Book is a collection of his own arrangements and has proven to be a valuable resource for organists and trumpet players. As an active teacher, soloist, clinician and performer, he has performed locally with the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera House Orchestra, Washington Ballet Orchestra, and Washington Bach Consort. He also leads The Commonwealth Brass Quintet. Chuck enjoys his travels across the country with Arlington National Cemetery Ceremonial Organist, Dr. Randall Sheets, as the Seipp/Sheets Duo. He joined the faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, in fall 2013, as adjunct associate professor of trumpet. He previously served as visiting professor of trumpet at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, from August 2012 to May 2013.    Chuck, Yamaha Performing Artist, holds an undergraduate music education degree from The University of Kansas and master’s and doctoral degrees in trumpet performance from The Catholic University of America.

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Randall Sheets began his musical studies in piano and organ while growing up in North Carolina. He holds degrees from Wittenberg University and Bowling Green State University, and received his doctorate from the University of Maryland. Throughout his graduate study Dr. Sheets taught at the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution, and later taught at the Levine School of Music, the National Cathedral School, and the Landon School. His scholarly work includes several published articles and many lecture-recitals. In 1986, he was awarded the Liszt Commemorative Medal by the Hungarian Minister of Culture for his work as Festival Director of the Franz Liszt Centennial Celebration held in Washington, D.C.   Dr. Sheets has been Ceremonial Organist for Arlington National Cemetery for the past twenty years, where he performs over 1000 services a year in the historic Old Post Chapel and the Memorial Chapel. He performs frequently with trumpeter Chuck Seipp in the Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo. In addition, he is the Organist/Music Director at Culpeper Baptist Church, and Organist for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Mount Vernon. Concert appearances as an organist include programs at Washington National Cathedral, The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, West Point Cadet Chapel, National City Christian Church, The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, St. Luke’s Catholic Church, McLean, and historic Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, Virginia as well as churches in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Iowa and South Dakota.

Seipp / Sheets Duo Performances

2019

Mar 8           Bald Head Island, NC 7:30PM The Village Chapel, Bald Head Island, NC

Mar 10         First Presbyterian Church 5PM, Savannah GA

Mar 13         University of Florida, 7:30PM University Auditorium, Gainesville

Mar 17         First Presbyterian Church 4PM, Jacksonville, FL

Apr 1            South Dakota State University, 7:30PM Brookings, SD

Apr 4           Performing Arts Center, 7:30PM Akron, IA

Apr 5           Dordt College Master Class Afternoon and Concert 7:30PM, Sioux Center IA

May 21        Country Club Christian Church 7:30PM, Kansas City

May 23        Trinity Lutheran Church, 7:30PM Topeka, Kansas

May 24        First Presbyterian Church 7:30PM, Warrensburg, Missouri

May 26        Kings Way United Methodist Church 3PM, Springfield Missouri

June 5          Piccolo Spoleto L’Organo Recital Series 10AM, First (Scots) Presbyterian, Charleston, SC

Sept 21.      St. John’s Lutheran Church, Franconia Virginia, Organ Dedication Concert 5PM

Oct 27          Culpeper Baptist Church 4PM, Culpeper, VA

Nov 3           Hood College Chapel 4PM, Federick, MD

Nov 8           Houston Baptist University, 1PM Houston, TX

Nov 10         St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3PM Dallas, TX

Nov 12         Texas Christian University at University Christian Church, 7PM Fort Worth, TX

Nov 24          First Presbyterian Church 7PM, Annandale VA, Organ Dedication Concert

2020

Feb 9            Trumpet/Organ Recital 4PM, Franciscan Monastery, Washington, DC

Feb 16          Southwest New Jersey AGO Chapter, 4PM Concert

Mar 6            Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida 7:30PM

Mar 8            Wesley United Methodist Church, 4PM Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Mar TBD      Georgia/Florida

Nov 11           Concordia College, 7:30 Ann Arbor Michigan

Nov TBD      Michigan and Ohio Concerts

2018

Mar 18         Franciscan Monastery 4PM, Washington, DC, Double Brass and Organ Concert

Apr 15          Culpeper Baptist Church 4PM, National Brass Quintet and Organ Concert

Apr 22          Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, Bethesda, MD, Brass and Organ Concert

May 22         St. Louis King of France 12:30PM, St. Paul, MN

May 24         First Presbyterian Church 7PM, Red Wing, MN

May 25         Roseville Lutheran Church 7PM, Roseville, MN

June 3           Washington National Cathedral 5:15PM, Washington, DC

Sept 9           St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Concert Series 4PM, Annandale, VA

Oct 8             The Village at Orchard Ridge AGO Trumpet/Organ Recital 7PM Winchester, VA

Oct 28           Culpeper Baptist Church 4PM, Culpeper, VA

Nov 6            Master Class Michigan State University

Nov 7            Peoples Church 7:30PM, East Lansing MI

Nov 9            Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church, 7:30PM, Dearborn, MI

Nov 10          First Presbyterian Church, 4PM, Saginaw, MI

Nov 11          Concordia University 7:30PM, Ann Arbor, MI

2017

Nov 11           Bryson City United Methodist Church, Bryson City NC

Nov 10           The Village Chapel, Bald Head Island, NC

Nov 5             First Presbyterian, Greenville, SC

Nov 3             Brevard-Davidson Presbyterian Church, Brevard, NC

Oct 29            Culpeper Baptist Church, Culpeper, VA

Sept 30           Shenandoah Conservatory Goodson Recital Hall, Winchester, VA

Sept 11           Village at Orchard Ridge AGO Event, Winchester, VA

Mar 26           Franciscan Monastery Concert Series, Washington, DC

2016

Nov 11           First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD

Nov 10           First United Methodist Church, Brookings, SD

Nov 8             Birdie and Carol Harris School of Performing Arts, Akron, IA

Nov 6             St. John’s United Methodist Church, Aiken, SC

Oct 20            Randolph-Macon Military Academy, Front Royal, VA

Aug 28           Christ Episcopal Church, Winchester, VA

June 16           Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA

2015

Nov 15 – Bethany Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois

Nov 14 – Holy Apostles Catholic Church, New Berlin, Wisconsin

Nov 8 – West Point Military Academy Cadet Chapel, West Point, New York

Oct 23 – Fairfax City Concert Series, Fairfax, Virginia

Oct 4 – Bradford Street United Methodist Church, Winchester, Virginia

2014

Jan 5 – Christmas in the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia

Oct 18 – Westminster-Canterbury Center, Winchester, Virginia

Mar 13 – Memorial Chapel Concert Series, Fort Myer, Virginia

2013

Nov 10 – Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winchester, Virginia

Oct 6 – Organ Dedication Concert, Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia

Repertoire

The Rejoicing (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) George Frederick Handel
1685-1759
arr. Chuck Seipp
Concerto from L’estro armonico Op. 3 No. 3 RV 310 I. Allegro II. Largo III. Allegro (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo in 2017) Antonio Vivaldi
1678-1741
arr. David Marlatt
Concerto in D, BWV 972 I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro assai Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
Frolics for Trumpet and Organ (Written for the Seipp/ Sheets Duo in 2016) Paul Leddington Wright (b. 1951)
Piece for Trumpet and Organ I. Allegro II. Andante III. Allegro Jean Langlais
1907-1991
Glimmers of Hope James Stephenson
b. 1961
Aria Jean Rivier
1896-1987
Elegy (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) George Thalben-Ball
1896-1987
arr. Chuck Seipp
Gabriel’s Oboe (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Ennio Morricone
b. 1928
arr. Randall Sheets
Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade I
IL Vecchio Castello
Promenade IV / Ballet of the Chicks in Their Shells
Two Polish Jews, One Rich, The other Poor
The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
The Great Gate of Kiev
Modest Mussorgsky
1839-1881
arr. Vincent DiMartino and Schuyler Robinson
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
arr. Chuck Seipp & Randall Sheets
Bohemian Rhapsody (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Freddie Mercury
1946-1991
Toccata Baroque Trumpet, Early Music Tribute Robert Schumann
1810-1856
Sandstone and Marble (Composed for Chuck Seipp & The US Army Band & The Seipp/Sheets Duo) Adam Levowitz
b. 1972
Tribute In Memoriam, September 11, 2001 Phil Snedecor
b. 1963
Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen
Final Chorus from Christmas Oratorio
Now you are well avenged Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
Concerto in D I Adagio II Allegro III Grave IV Allegro Georg Philipp Telemann
1681-1767
Fanfare for an Angel James Stephenson
b. 1961

Patriotic Trumpet & Organ

The Star Spangled Banner (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) arr. Douglas Richard
Shenandoah arr. Douglas Richard
This Is My Country/Battle Hymn arr. James Kessler
D-Day Tribute Douglas Richard
America The Beautiful (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Bates/Ward
arr. Douglas Richard
God Bless America (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) rving Berlin
arr. Douglas Richard
Armed Forces Service Medley (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Coast Guard, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army
arr. Douglas Richard
Stars and Stripes (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) John Philip Sousa
1854-1932
trans. Chuck Seipp

Trumpet & Piano (many of the trumpet & organ works can be performed on piano)

Rhapsody In Blue George Gershwin
1898-1937
arr. Timofei Dokshizer
Carnival of Venice (Arranged for the Seipp/Sheets Duo) Herbert L. Clarke
1867-1945
arr. Chuck Seipp
Someone to Watch Over me George Gershwin
1898-1937
arr. Joseph Turrin
Concerto in F Minor Oskar Bohme
1870-1938
Concert Piece, Opus 12 Vassily Brandt
1869-1923
Amazing Grace arr. Dan Marvin
Happy Time Emma Lou Diemer
b.1927
Morning Opens Jennifer Higdon
b. 1962
Trumpet Tapestry Joe Utterback
b. 1944
Animal Ditties I The Turtle II The Python III Hyena IV Hog Anthony Plog
b. 1947

Organ & Piano Solos

Toccata from Symphonie V Charles-Marie Widor
1845-1937
Fiat Lux Theodore Dubois
1837-1924
Fugue III on BACH, Op. 60 Robert Schumann
1810-1856
Sinfonia from Cantata 29 Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 Johann Sebastian Bach
1685-1750
Adagio (Sonata II), Op. 106 William Faulkes
1863-1933
In Paradisum Théodore Dubois
1837-1924
Humoresque Pietro Yon
1886-1943
Adagio Samuel Barber
1910-1981
Yankee Doodle Variations arr. Dennis Janzer
Spanish Dance, Op. 37, No. 1 Piano Enrique Granados
1867-1916
Clair de lune Piano Claude Debussy
1862-1918

Seipp/Sheets Multi-Media Presentations

Pictures at an Exhibition
PowerPoint of the paintings inspired for the composition.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Video of classic silent horror movies

Trip to the Moon (Silent Movie)
Music arranged to coincide with the scenes of this silent movie.

Bohemian Rhapsody
Interactive video of 7 different scenes and shapes that reacts to the music.

Shenandoah
Video scenes of the beauty of the Shenandoah river and mountain region.

America
Video of an Arlington National Cemetery military funeral sequence.

Stars and Stripes Forever
Video of the monuments of Washington DC.

D Day Tribute
Composition to video of D Day June 6, 2019 is the 75th anniversary of D Day.

This Is My Country
Video of scenes of America to coincide with the music.

Battle Hymn
Video scenes of history of America through the eyes of the soldier.

Armed Forces Salute
PowerPoint of the words of the 5 armed forces service songs sing-a-long.

God Bless America
PowerPoint of the words of God Bless America sing-a-long.