Every week after pit I havta explain what a show choir pit band does along with what a show choir does.
Rehearsal runs though 9 for the time being, seeing as pit and choir can only have combined rehearsal once a week, and next Thursday is our first concert. Concert is combined with the other choirs in the school, and symphonic orchestra. Lat year, holiday brass was sorta an opening act before the thing even started.
I had to tell my dad all that, which utterly confused him. Then utterly confused my mom.
Now to explain Tubachristmas. They couldn’t grasp the fact that this is a worldwide movement, and there are more than just the one down in the city. That took a lot of hammering before it got in their skulls.
Next is the part I don’t even know yet. How are we getting there, and with what?
Euphoniums are welcome, but before pit started I ran through some of the music on sousaphone. It’s much better on sousaphone, so I’m determined to bring a sousaphone to Tubachristmas. How exactly, I don’t know.
We’re in communication with the school that’s hosting it, we -might- be able to borrow their sousaphones. Once we work out details, things should start making a small amount of sense.
I may or may not try to bring sousaphone home. If so, I want it to be Zelda, and therefore my parents will drive me to Tubachristmas and I’ll be disregarding the carpool. May even get my mom to make a decoration for the bell :3
Oh, the marching baritone with the valve issues no longer has those issues. I poured more oil into it than I have anything before and magically it works. I just havta remember to twist the valve back in place to make the horn playable. >.<
So after school I walk into the band room by chance.
What do I find?
Ok, I didn’t actually find surprise buttsecks.
I find that there’s surprise full symphonic orchestra rehearsal. That means I havta play trombone in a room full of horrid sounding string instruments for an unknown amount of time.
Ceremonial march- OK
Shanondoah (No guarentees on spelling) alright, sightread 2nd part well.
Hallelujah Chorus- somebody shoot me.
Tumblr, get used to me hating this song. Because I just do. With my entire being. It is annoying to start with, and I in no way like the prospect of being onstage with terrible string instruments while every soprano in the school is belching their part in my ear.
And when i say our strings suck, they SUCK. You know something is wrong when last year’s concert master says that she doesn’t know how to observe dynamics. I don’t care if she means she’s thrown off by the 3 trumpets, 4 saxes, 3 flutes, 2 trombones, and an F horn, and suddenly thinks the rules of dynamics have changed, you should KNOW how to make contrast between forte and piano. Always.
As for the rest of them (besides the 2 cellos and 1 bass that showed up, maybe some of the violas are OK too.), my cat would have a better tone if I made her sing while stepping on her tail.
Our director actually said “The key to getting this song down… well, for one, play the right notes.”
I thought they just sounded bad altogether. (French horn giggles)
So yeah, grumble grumble I havta do orchestra again.
I decided I’m goin to Tubachristmas with a sousaphone. We had a sorta sectional where we went over the music. I played the tuba part on euphonium, and… well, it’s meant for tubas to play it. Plus I want a awesome decoration on my bell.
Congress to Vote Next Week on EXPLICITLY Creating a Police State
The police brutality against peaceful protesters in Berkeley, Davis, Oakland and elsewhere is bad enough.
But next week, Congress will vote on explicitly creating a police state.
The ACLU’s Washington legislative office explains:
The Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.
The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world.
The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself. The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday.
I know it sounds incredible. New powers to use the military worldwide, even within the United States? Hasn’t anyone told the Senate that Osama bin Laden is dead, that the president is pulling all of the combat troops out of Iraq and trying to figure out how to get combat troops out of Afghanistan too? And American citizens and people picked up on American or Canadian or British streets being sent to military prisons indefinitely without even being charged with a crime. Really? Does anyone think this is a good idea? And why now?
In support of this harmful bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) explained that the bill will “basically say in law for the first time that the homeland is part of the battlefield” and people can be imprisoned without charge or trial “American citizen or not.” Another supporter, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) also declared that the bill is needed because “America is part of the battlefield.”
The senators pushing the indefinite detention proposal have made their goals very clear that they want an okay for a worldwide military battlefield, that even extends to your hometown.
PART OF AN ONGOING TREND
While this is shocking, it is not occurring in a vacuum. Indeed, it is part of a 30 year-long process of militarization inside our borders and a destruction of the American concepts of limited government and separation of powers.
An article in the Army Times reveals that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will be redeployed from Iraq to domestic operations within the United States.
The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with “civil unrest” and “crowd control”.
The soldiers are learning to use so-called “nonlethal weapons” designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.
This violates posse comitatus and the Constitution. But, hey, we’re in a “national emergency”, so who cares, right?
Obama has presided over the most draconian crackdown on leaks in our history — even more so than Nixon.
As Marjorie Cohen – professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and past president of the National Lawyers Guild – writes at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy:
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is facing court-martial for leaking military reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, is being held in solitary confinement in Quantico brig in Virginia. Each night, he is forced to strip naked and sleep in a gown made of coarse material. He has been made to stand naked in the morning as other inmates walked by and looked. As journalist Lance Tapley documents in his chapter on torture in the supermax prisons in The United States and Torture, solitary confinement can lead to hallucinations and suicide; it is considered to be torture. Manning’s forced nudity amounts to humiliating and degrading treatment, in violation of U.S. and international law.
Nevertheless, President Barack Obama defended Manning’s treatment, saying, “I’ve actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures … are appropriate. They assured me they are.” Obama’s deference is reminiscent of President George W. Bush, who asked “the most senior legal officers in the U.S. government” to review the interrogation techniques. “They assured me they did not constitute torture,” Bush said.
After State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley criticized Manning’s conditions of confinement, the White House forced him to resign. Crowley had said the restrictions were “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.” It appears that Washington is more intent on sending a message to would-be whistleblowers than on upholding the laws that prohibit torture and abuse.
Torture is commonplace in countries strongly allied with the United States. Vice President Omar Suleiman, Egypt’s intelligence chief, was the lynchpin for Egyptian torture when the CIA sent prisoners to Egypt in its extraordinary rendition program. A former CIA agent observed, “If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan. If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria. If you want someone to disappear – never to see them again – you send them to Egypt.” In her chapter in The United States and Torture, New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer cites Egypt as the most common destination for suspects rendered by the United States.
Former constitutional law teacher Glenn Greenwald says that – in his defense of state secrecy, illegal spying, preventative detention, harassment of whistleblowers and other issues of civil liberties – Obama is even worse than Bush.
An FBI memo also labels peace protesters as “terrorists”.
A 2003 FBI memo describes protesters’ use of videotaping as an “intimidation” technique, even though – as the ACLU points out – “Most mainstream demonstrators often use videotape during protests to document law enforcement activity and, more importantly, deter police from acting outside the law.” The FBI appears to be objecting to the use of cameras to document unlawful behavior by law enforcement itself.
The Internet has been labeled as a breeding ground for terrorists, with anyone who questions the government’s versions of history being especially equated with terrorists.
Government agencies such as FEMA are allegedly teaching that the Founding Fathers should be considered terrorists.
The government is also using anti-terrorism laws to keep people from learning what pollutants are in their own community. See this, this, this and this.
Claims of “national security” are also used to keep basic financial information – such as who got bailout money – secret. That might not bode for particularly warm and friendly treatment for someone persistently demanding the release of such information.
The state of Missouri tried to label as terrorists current Congressman Ron Paul and his supporters, former Congressman Bob Barr, libertarians in general, anyone who holds gold, and a host of other people.
And according to a law school professor and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, pursuant to the Military Commissions Act:
Anyone who … speaks out against the government’s policies could be declared an “unlawful enemy combatant” and imprisoned indefinitely. That includes American citizens.
But there is a way to stop this dangerous legislation. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) is offering the Udall Amendment that will delete the harmful provisions and replace them with a requirement for an orderly Congressional review of detention power. The Udall Amendment will make sure that the bill matches up with American values.
The solution is the Udall Amendment; a way for the Senate to say no to indefinite detention without charge or trial anywhere in the world where any president decides to use the military. Instead of simply going along with a bill that was drafted in secret and is being jammed through the Senate, the Udall Amendment deletes the provisions and sets up an orderly review of detention power. It tries to take the politics out and put American values back in.
I just want to add that there was a correction made to the Army Times article that was mentioned:
A non-lethal crowd control package fielded to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, described in the original version of this story, is intended for use on deployments to the war zone, not in the U.S., as previously stated.
That’s freakin scary!
O.O This can’t be happening.
First they want to censor the internet, now they want to be able to arrest us without charge?
… This is the worst thing our government has done in my lifetime. Hands down. An assault on citizen’s rights around the world.
A rehearsal my freshman year led to a euphonium/trombone sectional led by our then assistant director, who plays euph professionally. She was the best director I’ve ever had, she always knew if you were doing something wrong, and more importantly, how to fix it.
So during this particular rehearsal, we stopped to talk about our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to playing. She said to our senior field commander/1st chair trombone that his weakness was he had nobody to look up to, he’s the oldest and best with his instrument, there’s nobody at the next step up.
Fast forward to when I did honor’s band. This was the first time in a long time that anybody was better at euphonium than me.
I now realize I have the same problem. I can fuck up this or that part of a song as much as I do, but everything is on me. Me being the best at my school isn’t gonna do shit for me, because that doesn’t take any effort, but if I want to play that the level that I want to, I need more than me practicing a few hours a week. I should look into taking private lessons.
One of this years concert tubas just posted on my wall.
Our director is getting us the info and music for tuba Christmas. Fuck yes! The guy that taught me sousaphone might be going as well. To think, I just brought my tuba mouthpiece home when break started. It has a bit stuck on it, so I guess I gotta play on Zelda, or see if I can get the euphonium music.
Plus, our bell front concert tubas (that have been the band’s best kept secret) allegedly got refurbished. There’s 6 of them or some awkward number.
It’s been a longing of mine to be in tuba Christmas since I was a freshman. Our then assistant director was gonna send euphs and tubas my sophomore year, but she got laid off. :’(
And holiday brass starts tomorrow. Feel the holiday spirit, you guise!
I’m a teenager, in the day and age where humans are evolving to function better at night than morning (this is actually a thing, I read an article on it once), and regardless, I’m NOT a morning person.
I don’t get to breakfast by 10:20. “Uh..we’re goin to 12:30..”
If I was able to sleep in, I’d be here and ready to start homework at this time anyways. Kinda ironic…
Anyways, what am I doing on the internet? I have stuff due Monday. Most of my classes are set up like college classes, but not getting shit done today is bad time management.