Lisa Lizanec Chappell

Trombonist/Music Educator

2019-2020 TMEA All-State Etudes

It’s that time of the year again! Preparation for the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Band Auditions. I started up this project last year with my husband Patrick (who is from Texas). The videos were received well and we would like to continue this project! For 2019-2020 our friend Seville Jenkins also participated in making a video.

Here is a quote from my post from last year on this topic. I still feel the same way, so I am re-sharing it!

“The purpose of us sharing these etude videos is to provide high school students who are auditioning a reference they can use in their preparation. Too often in music education children only get a sound and musical reference from their peers. I believe that is one of the reasons people take so long to master an instrument. (I am still working on it everyday)! Victor Wooten talks a lot about this concept in his book, The Music Lesson. In elementary music classes, kids only hear other elementary students playing instruments, therefore they never excel beyond that level. In junior high, they are exposed to a slightly higher level of musically performing peers, and so on. In a small effort to break this cycle, I hope these videos can be of use to young aspiring trombonists.”

This year, we added another element to the video series. This was my first time to include talking points and practice tips in one of my YouTube videos. After the etude is played, it serves as a mini music lesson or masterclass. I hope students will find my tips helpful!

We have posted these videos on our YouTube channel, SlideShow. In addition to our fun trombone ensemble videos that we love making, we also want to make it a goal to support music education. Here is my interpretation of 2019-2020 TMEA Etude #2 Blazhevich No. 86:

To watch videos for Etude #1 and Etude #3 please go to our YouTube channel here:

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Tour Videos

One of my favorite parts about going on tour with Blast (aside from performing for our fans nightly!) is making music with my best friends! The trombone section in Blast, nicknamed BONE ZONE, are the best people on the planet. Not only do I love playing trombone and performing with these people, we always have so much fun. Whenever we all hang out it is non-stop laughter. The past two tours, 2017 and 2019, we also made some YouTube videos together while on the road. Making these videos was pretty much just an excuse to hang out any play trombone together more, haha. Here are a few videos we made this year while on the road. Enjoy!

We filmed Friend Like Me at one of the workshops we did at Nanyo High School in Nanyo-shi , Yamagata-ken. These workshops are aways a lot of fun and the kids are great. I was honored to have the opportunity to give back to this amazing community. Nanyo has become my home-away-from-home in Japan.

This next video is very special to me. Some of you may know, some of you may not, our long time stage manager, Jay McManigal passed away this summer while we were on tour. Jay was more than just our boss, he was our mentor and our friend. We were extremely saddened by his passing, but knew we still had to perform. The show had to go on, and Jay would have wanted it that way! We made this video, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, as a tribute to Jay and sent the video to his family. If you knew Jay, we hope you remember him as you watch this video.

On a much lighter note, March was very fun video to shoot! I love this original tune from Hiromu Yoneso. I also played this song with his band, Stkorn, at a live show earlier this year. Hiro arranged a special trombone ensemble version of this tune just for us. We were also really happy that Kaylie Brooke joined us on cajòn. I’m warning you - this song is super catchy!

FNS 2019 Performance

I am so happy that I got to perform 2 years in a row in Fuji TV’s FNS Summer Music Festival (uta no natsu matsuri). Last year, with One Piece Oto Utage and this year with Blast The Music of Disney.

Here is the FNS website where you can check out the details of this annual event:

And here is a video of our performance this summer:

Blast: The Music of Disney Promo Tour

I am currently on a promotional tour for the show Blast: The Music of Disney. It’s been a wild ride so far. At the promo tours’ completion, we will have visited 17 prefectures in 18 days! Each day is filled with TV appearances, radio shows, newspaper, web, and magazine article interviews, special live performances, and workshops at local schools. I am also getting a true Japanese education. I have traveled and toured Japan many times before, but never like this! I am the only foreigner on this tour, so I am speaking as much Japanese as possible and eating all the special local dishes from each prefecture. I am enjoying sharing music, trombone, and Blast! with everyone I meet. Up next: 7 weeks of rehearsal in my home away from home - Nanyo-shi, Yamagata-ken!

You can follow the promo tour’s progress on my social media accounts. Here is an interview article from!


Blast: The Music of Disney 2019

I am excited to announce that I will once again be joining the cast of Blast: The Music of Disney for this years’ tour of Japan. On Wednesday 4/10 there was a press conference held at Fuji TV in Odaiba that I was happy to be a part of. Naoki, Hiro and I performed a three person version of Blast! and got to meet and talk about the show with our new supporters, Shinji Takeda and Ruriko Kojima. Below is a video from the press conference and a commercial for the upcoming tour!

The Game Brass Collaboration

For April Fool’s Day, I collaborated with The Game Brass on their latest video. This was a very fun project to be involved in. I always love playing Nintendo music, and this was my first time recording in an all-female brass quintet! Here are some notes from Daniel Romberger, the arranger:

Our April Fools gag last year involved keeping the "performers" the same and changing the instruments! This year, however, we took the opposite approach; what if we kept the same instruments but changed the performers? The result is "Bowsette," a version of the ubiquitious castle theme that plays throughout the New Super Mario Bros. series and Super Mario Maker that lets us feature a few of our female brass-playing friends! Happy April Fools everyone; we hope you enjoy!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Medley

Here is my latest collaboration video with Aki-C!

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is my absolute favorite video game. I spent hours playing it as a child. One of the reasons I loved this game so much was the music. The soundtrack is amazing and very expansive. I loved how you got to “play” the ocarina in the game and learn so many unforgettable melodies. When we were talking about doing a Zelda project, I knew it would be impossible to choose one song - it just had to be a medley! Aki-C made this awesome arrangement that combines four great themes from Ocarina of Time - Zelda’s Theme, Kokiri Forest, Lost Woods, and Hyrule Field Main Theme.

A special thing about this project is this is the first time we have done a double YouTube release. Aki-C and I each made our own versions of the video and posted them on our YouTube channels. Please check out both versions below and make sure to subscribe!

Happy Valentine's Day from SlideShow!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we made a trombone (and trumpet!) version of the Nat King Cole/Frank Sinatra classic, “L-O-V-E”. It was a natural choice when trying to select a video to make for Valentine’s Day. I wrote the arrangement for the song and it was originally my idea to have it be an all trombone arrangement, like most of SlideShow’s videos. But then, I changed my mind and decided to play the famous “trumpet solo” on trumpet instead! I thought it would be a fun gag and a nice throwback to the original song. I have been “secretly” playing trumpet for years. Mostly while teaching lessons and in the privacy of my own house… This video is my trumpet debut to the public, so I am very excited about it!

This video was a huge team effort between a lot of people. My husband, Patrick Chappell, also plays trombone and bass trombone in the video. Our friend, Andrew McCormick, who is a trumpet player from the U.S. Navy Band, surprised us all with his acting chops in his role of Reginald. He kept us laughing the whole shoot! Adam Byars, a fellow trombonist with the U.S. Navy Band, directed our video. His creativity and attention to detail really brought the video to life. Last but not least, my sister-in-law, Ellen Chappell, edited the video and designed our graphics.

Here is our version of “L-O-V-E”! Be a Valentine and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

One Piece Oto Utage Videos

This is not “new news” but I wanted to post some videos from last years’ One Piece Oto Utage show that I haven’t shared yet. The first video is the original promo video for the tour that I filmed with some other cast members at Fuji TV. The second video is our performance with Teppei Koike at the 2018 FNS Music Festival, which also aired on Fuji TV. This was such a fun show to be a part of! Enjoy!

2019 ABODA Regional and All-State Audition Etudes

Continuing SlideShow’s etude recording project, here are a couple videos I recorded for the 2019 ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Regional and All-State Band auditions. Like our TMEA and DoDEA video series, these videos are made for auditioning students to use a reference in their preparation. I was very happy to record these etudes for my home state of Arizona! It was great to talk to so many local Arizona music educators about this project. (Many of whom are my friends, colleagues and past teachers!) I am glad know they were able to share them personally with their students.

To see more audition etudes and other trombone videos check out and subscribe to my YouTube channel here: SlideShow

2/9/19 Live with ゼロゼロイチハチ (Zero Zero Ichi Hachi)

My next live performance is on Saturday 2/9 with ゼロゼロイチハチ (Zero Zero Ichi Hachi) at Green Apple in Koenji. Zero Zero Ichi Hachi is a trombone ensemble created by Japanese YouTuber Aki-C. At this concert we will be playing many of Aki-C’s trombone arrangements made famous by his YouTube videos. The members will perform in many different combinations from duets, all the way up to a full trombone octet! I am very excited to play in this concert because it’s been a long time since I have gotten to play in a trombone ensemble of this size. The more trombones, the better! Something that makes this group very unique is there are 7 female trombonists! This is the first time in my life that I have ever seen 7 female trombonists in the same room, it's very cool.

Also - I LOVE the music! The arrangements are really fun. We are playing music from Studio Ghibli, Disney, and more. The pieces I am most looking forward to performing are 海の見える街 (A Town with an Ocean View) from Kiki’s Delivery Service and 人生のメリーゴーランド (The Merry-go-round of Life) from Howl’s Moving Castle. We will also be performing I Just Can’t Wait to Be King from The Lion King. This is the live version of the video that Aki-C and I made together last year. You can check out my post about that project here: I Just Can’t Wait to Be King

Below is the event flyer and a video of one of the songs we will be performing. Please send me a message if you would like you come!


DoDEA Pacific Honor Band Audition Etudes

After the positive feedback we received from our TMEA All-State videos, we have decided to make more etude reference videos for other states and districts. I am very excited to grow this project! In Yokosuka, Japan, where I live now, there are military schools that American children can attend. I did not even know these school districts existed until 2 years ago. The school district is called DoDEA, Department of Defense Education Activity. Since living in Yokosuka, I have built relationships and worked with many of the DoDEA music educators. I recorded these etudes for the kids to reference for their upcoming Pacific Honor Band auditions. It has been fun to share these videos with the kids personally and watch them get excited about their auditions. I have also learned, KIDS LOVE YOUTUBE! I mean, so do I, but WOW! I had no idea.

Please enjoy and feel free to share these videos with any music educators or students. I am also very interested in hearing your thoughts about this etude recording project. Please send me a message in the contact section of my website if you have any input. Next up is my home state of Arizona!

Last Christmas for pBone

Here is SlideShow’s newest YouTube video, just in time for Christmas! I made an arrangement of Wham!’s Last Christmas for pBones. This video was made in collaboration with Japanese trombonist, arranger and YouTuber, Aki-C. This is the second collaboration we have done together.

After our first video collaboration on I Just Can’t Wait to Be King, I knew I wanted to do another video project together soon. With Christmas just around the corner, a Christmas tune was the natural choice. I have had a green pBone for years and when I found out Aki-C had a red one, it was just too perfect - Christmas colors! I knew at that moment, if we were going to do this, it just had to be on pBones! I asked him what his favorite Christmas song was… he thought about it for a second… and told me Wham!’s Last Christmas. It wasn’t at all what I expected, or even thought of when it comes to Christmas music (I even had to sing the tune back to him to make sure I had the right one haha), but hey, I went with it!

Since Aki-C arranged our last collaboration song, it was my turn! I originally intended to write this song as a trombone quartet. But as I was arranging, I hated having to “take away” notes from the harmony to have someone play the melody and counter melody lines. So I kept adding parts… what I eventually ended up with was a trombone quartet that functioned as the rhythm section, then added the solo and “extra” parts on top. Trombone 4 was naturally the bass, and trombones 1,2, and 3 functioned as the keyboard part. We traded off on the melody line, and then I added one more part just to get in all those little extra parts I just had to have. I’m pretty happy with how the final product turned out. The red and green pBones MADE this video and Aki-C’s pro YouTuber audio mixing skills took it to the next level. Please enjoy Last Christmas and I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

See you next year!


You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is the first 2018 Christmas video release from SlideShow!. I chose to arrange this song because How the Grinch Stole Christmas was my favorite childhood Christmas movie. I will never get sick of it! I am also a big fan of the 2000 Jim Carrey version. I have wanted to arrange this song for a long time, and with the new Grinch movie coming out this year, I knew the time was now. I also wanted to make this arrangement a bass trombone feature to showcase my husband Patrick’s sweet bass trombone skills.

In this video, Patrick, our friend James Brownell (aka Brownie), and I make our best attempts to be “Grinches” haha. This video really was a group effort. Our friends Andrew and Regina McCormick graciously let us invade their beautifully Christmas-decorated home. I have no Christmas decorations in my home, well, because I’m a Grinch! Andrew, Gina, and Brownie also let us steal things from their kids. The two older boys, Luke and Max, had to be bribed the whole time with candy. Ben, the baby, was the real star of the shoot and nailed his performance in one take. We all got a kick out of that! I hope they are not traumatized… but hey, it was in the name of art.

I hope you enjoy the video and Merry Christmas!

TMEA All-State Etudes

As some of you may know, my husband, Patrick (who is also a trombonist!), is from Texas. He had the idea for us to record the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) All-State Band audition etudes for trombone. The purpose of us sharing these etude videos is to provide high school students who are auditioning a reference they can use in their preparation. Too often in music education children only get a sound and musical reference from their peers. I believe that is one of the reasons people take so long to master an instrument. (I am still working on it everyday)! Victor Wooten talks a lot about this concept in his book, The Music Lesson. In elementary music classes, kids only hear other elementary students playing instruments, therefore they never excel beyond that level. In junior high, they are exposed to a slightly higher level of musically performing peers, and so on. In a small effort to break this cycle, I hope these videos can be of use to young aspiring trombonists.

We have posted these videos on our YouTube channel, SlideShow! In addition to our fun trombone ensemble videos that we love making, we also want to make it a goal to promote music education. Here is my interpretation of one of the 2018-2019 TMEA Etudes:

To see the rest of the etude videos we made and more you can visit our YouTube channel here:

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