It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Well, I’ve been busy with colleges (And Christmas!), so I don’t have much time to post, but here it is, a little note just to say I’m still here. :P
All-state was a lot of fun! I did sit around a lot, though. Most of the brass brought books to read while they weren’t playing, and I didn’t, so I got to sit and listen. The orchestra played Pines of Rome, a cool piece, but not very tuba-intensive. Since I didn’t play a lot, I got to play with the brass choir! We performed at the opening of the concert, and got to play with the chorus. Both went very well, and performing with a chorus was something I hadn’t done before, It sounded very cool, especially in symphony hall, where the voices and the brass had all these awesome overtones going on.
But I’d have to say that the band’s performance was the best. They performed Don Quixote under the direction of Robert W. Smith, and it had the most fun tuba part I ever saw. This was the best movement:
(That’s not All-State, by the way) The percussionists had a stack of tin cans that they knocked to the floor that represented Don Quixote smashing to the ground after he tried to fight a windmill, very cool.
Let’s see… I saw Evelyn Glennie in concert, it was great! When she played her snare solo ‘Prim’ all the little kids who were allowed to watch on stage ran away with their hands over their ears.
I visited Berklee and UMASS! I met Scott Mendoker and Greg Fritze who are both great people. We ran around the chem building in UMASS and looked at all the equipment they had. I wish I could have taken home one of those canisters of liquid nitrogen. :) In Berklee we took a tour of the building and got to see all the state of the art equipment they had, which included a $60,000 sound board. I’ve never actually seen one of those.
1) Well, to start, I MADE ALL-STATE! First chair in orchestra in fact! And I won only by 2 points. Talk about a close call!
2) I going to be playing a solo with band (hopefully) if Steven Shoop ever gets back to me…
3) We played Mahler last week in BYSO, and I had to play all by myself, all the rest of the low brass were playing in a REP concert. It was not very fun.
Many thanks to Mrs. Larson, Mr. Dolan, and Mr. Pavasaris for inviting me to play in NYSO! It was a lot of fun! We played:
- Old Churches by Michael Colgrass
- Galloping Ghosts by William Ryden
- Canticle of the Creatures by Jim Curnow
They were all great pieces, very fun to play, and everything went smoothly, except that I had the wrong piece on my stand when we started, giving me 8 measures of cut time to find it, which I did, but it unnerved me a bit. (Is that a run-on sentence? Oops) THAT won’t happen again!
It was easy, and went well! We went early, I had just enough time to warm up, I didn’t get nervous in the audition room, and I played everything to the best of my ability. I got a 95! Woo!
Made another floral globe!
Hopefully more soon when I have the time.