Yoshi’s Island athletic theme, sight-read by Tom Brier & Co.

You can view the sheet music they are reading here:
http://www.keeper1st.com/music/yoshiath.pdf or from my page http://www.keeper1st.com/music/vgm.html

Thanks to YouTubers Quietschquatsch and Raphy013 for the music suggestion a few days ago!

Not only did Tom find this a fun tune to play, but, as you’ll see, flautist Julia Riley and tubaist (tubist?) Mark Meeker decided to join in as well!

After Tom’s first sight-read, you hear Julia mention another Nintendo videogame tune that she liked. That was K.K. Ragtime. A short time later, Tom and Julia played it from memory! I’ll have to post the video of that moment at a later date. It was fully evolved into a fleshed-out rag arrangement, much like the second run through this tune from Super Mario World 2 in this video.

This tune was composed by Koji Kondo (近藤浩治). It is also known as “Hop! Hop! Donut Lifts” by some people, but in a concert video of Nintendo video game music at which the composer was in attendance, the title that appears clearly reads (if you read Japanese, anyway) simply “Yosshii Island Athletic Theme”.

You can purchase Tom’s latest album here: http://cdbaby.com/cd/tombrier