I must say it feels great. I arrive and get a few minutes to briefly screw around with my friends before everyone’s like “OMG ORCHESTRA BITCHES GET ON STAGE!!!!1”
I walk onstage and notice my parents are already seated. A trombone is resting on a chair, but it’s player is nowhere to be seen, even though I know I just saw her. A lot of people were late getting onstage, but the concert wasn’t goonna start for another half hour.
Ceremonial March- Good
Beethoven’s 9th- I met my goals for it, and that’s to not outright fail. Was I off-key? Yes, did I ever look at the key signatures? Sorta. Did I give a shit? No.
Titanic- Wasn’t an outright fail, played the My Heart Will Go On feature greatly, and the most difficult passage wasn’t horribly bad.
Orchestral portion done- time for the band. I was in the exact same seat the whole damn concert. I must say we did awesome in every song, presentation of Senior Awards and whatnot. Our senior alto sax got to present the solo she took to contest, and our foreign exchange student played a traditional Chinese folk song on what she labeled ‘Chinese Flute” for lack of an English term for it. It looked like a gourd with 3 bamboo sticks coming from it, I’m determined to research it.
We concluded with Stars and Stripes Forever, I must say it was great. I decided long ago that the trombones needed help playing their feature, so I’ve been switching parts, and clefs, mid-song.
After the concert, somebody (Friend of a friend) was all “I liked your tuba solo.”
I neither play tuba, nor did I have a solo. I’m wondering exactly what she was referring to.
Donald Trump gives himself credit for causing the release, and pats himself on the back. He says now they can talk about real issues instead of birth certific- Wait, weren’t you the one questioning if he was a citizen in the first place? You should’ve been focusing on real issues from the start.
He says “we have to look at it, we have to verify is it’s proper.” sounds like you’re still focusing on the birther conspiracy… Why hasn’t this been done to any other president before? (I personally call racism, draw your own conclusions.)
Day 2: Your instrument. How long have you been playing? Do you like it? Would you switch instruments?
I play euphonium, technically my horn is an American-bored baritone, it’s closer to being a euph than a real baritone, and I learned to play on a euphonium in middle school. I love euphonium, it’s such a versatile instrument, you could be playing a bassline in one song, harmony in the next, then melody in the the one after that. And the fact that I’ve grown so much on the horn, I’ve developed a range of over 4 octaves, and my directors have been flooding me with compliments this year. My dedication to getting to master this instrument shows (not saying I’ve already mastered it, I have thousands of practice hours to go), I’m able to read treble and bass clef, soon I’ll have bass down pat.
I’ve been playing for 3 and a half years, with a year and a half on trumpet (a mistake that still plagues me, as I’ve been stuck reading TC music in Bb on something that’s supposed to be nontransposing)
Would I switch? hell no. Would I like to learn more instruments and perform on them? Yes. Give me a trombone and/ore a tuba any day and I’d love it as I love euphonium. My plan is to sign out a trombone and learn it for show coir pit and pit orchestra for my school’s musical productions, and to pick up a sousaphone for marching and pep band (which my director objects to, thus we may not have any basses on the field come summer and fall. Pep band is a possibility, I’d just havta talk my way into it.).
But in the end, euph is my primary instrument, and if I could only play one thing ever I’d stick with it.
Since I skipped a day, I’ll be posting Day 3 soon kthx
We had a 1st period concert open rehearsal for orchestra. Both trombones were missing, so I’m sitting like a dumbass trying to cover trombone 1 and 2 on euphonium. Some parts I was doing awesome, but I had a few fails. It’s strange hearing yourself echo throughout the auditorium when absolutely nobody is playing anything similar to your part.
I’m wedged in between a cello and a viola, if one more dam bow hits me, my stand, or my horn one more time…
I couldn’t tell if the upper strings sounded bad, they didn’t seem to, maybe cause I was in the middle of low strings and they covered it up ^.^ The cellos in my row keep complaining that I’m too loud, my response to that:
Hi, I’m Bob. This is a euphonium, I’ve named her Sleepy Hallow because the bell is detachable. She is a brass instrument, low brass to be specific. We play loud, it’s our mode of operation. I know you are used to only hearing the sound of taught horsehair, but if you should be able to deal with the fact that there’s a motherfucking brasswind section next to you.
The bell rings shortly after, orchestra leaves, those of us in band havta stay cause we got rehearsal 2nd period and a concert 3rd. This went well. I jumped the gun on Stars and Stripes, our senior field commander (most bands call it drum major) was conducting it, the song is in two, he gave us 4 prep beats. -1,2*♪* “oh shit!”… 1,2,3,4- >.<
I can’t wait for tonight. First, I just want Orchestra to be over with, and I’m excited to play this band concert. Spring band concert is always a great thing, being the senior’s last. Even though class of 2010 had a better last concert.
I have a double header concert tomorrow- Orchestra and band. The directors, and myself, are confident in the band, so much that dress rehearsal was canceled. Orchestra- not so much. Our strings violins are terrible. I’m only saying that because the rest of the orchestra says that.
But the director, in front of full band, did say a few things about how the orchestra is nowhere near as prepared as we are. Not that the winds and percussion are perfect in full orch, we’ve had little time to rehearse and some parts are complicated (plus our trumpets are reading out of the score for some songs). Needless to say, their dress rehearsal went on as planned. Us band members were told we weren’t playing confident and soloistically enough. Then she told the strings sounded like they were sightreading the pieces they’ve had since December.
We’re playing Mozart’s Ceremonial March, Titanic, and Beethoven’s 9th, Ode To Joy.
I just finished cramming in a practice- It’s more like Ode to Frustration (that’s how Imma play it), this concert is sinking like the Titanic, I’d prefer to Ceremonially March out of the remaining rehearsals.
Our band concert, both the in-school one and the one right after orchestra, will be good, I aactually enjoyed learning those songs. Now, Titanic and Ode are great songs, but I’m not really feeling them right now.
Day 1: Which you prefer, marching band or symphonic band, and why?
Day 1 isn’t usually this hard. :/
From my firsthand experience, concert band (symphonic) is my favorite. Simply because concert band music is so much better, harder, more emotion behind it. I’m basing this on my school’s marching vs concert band. Our marching band isn’t really that great, no tuba sound, bad drill writing, bad song selection in my opinion. You can’t really be disappointed as much in concert band. Les Mis vs outdated rock song #27, take your pick.
Now, if I went to a school with a good marching band, and I mean BOA material, 2 halftime shows and a competition show each year, corps style (but without voiceovers in the show), and a group of dedicated kids, this might be different. But to me, Aventura, Devil’s Dance, and Sousa marches will bring back more memories than Talkin’ Out the Side of Yo Neck ever will.
One of my friends keeps on complaining that she’s sick, another one is getting depressed. Discovering both of their ailments at the same time= one concerned me.
I did a lot of thinking/worrying/hoping/praying really early this morning, did some writing on the subject. Eventually I fell asleep.
Woke up… not wanting to do anything. But it’s motherfucking Easter. I zombie shuffle downstairs to my stressed parents (getting ready for family gathering starting soon?) and back up to shower. They say you get your deepest thinking done in the bathroom, I’m the epitome of that. I sorted out exactly what I feel about my depressed friend, but somehow my mind drifted off after that. I may have unlocked my so called ‘violent side’ that I’ve allegedly developed this year, maybe I’m wrong, but it is a satisfactory explanation to me.
Now I just have to wait. My sick friend will be healthy, hopefully sooner than later, but I really want to get some time to talk to my depressed friend. I’ve weathered the storm with him several times, this shall be no different.
I just got back from an overnight camping trip with the scout troop, it was quite an epic fail. Rained 90% of the time, and it was a little cold. Didn’t see me complaining, as I’ve been dealing with those conditions since 2006. The younger scouts, some of them aren’t even that young, were. A lot. If you’re interested in reading a comical rant, go ahead. There are pictures!
“How many times have people taunted me because of a color that I had on or how tight my pants were? It’s nothing. I’m at the point now where I can go to ABC Carpet and spend five hours picking out sheets, ‘cause I love colors, like teal and taupe and salmon … When I visited Wayne at Rikers Island, I had a suit on with some slippers, and the guard said, ‘Man, those shoes are amazing.’ And I said, ‘Yes, they are. I’m Kanye West.’”—
I don’t really like them. The reason is, every time I go, there’s a new dental assistant, and she (it’s always a she), while raping each one of my teeth several times over with what looks like a fishhook, always asks me when I got my braces taken out.
I always answer “I never had braces.” Because that’s the truth. I never did. That simple.
And then I always havta listen to: “OMIGOSH! You never had braces? Really??? Do you realize how perfect your teeth are?!?!1?”
Of course I do, the last dental assistant told me.
For some reason, the appointment I just had made me extremely tired. I’m also hungry because I had breakfast at 1:30, and now it’s 4:45 and I’m waiting for lupper before I go camping with the scouts. I’m sure I mentioned before how it was scheduled for Tuesday, I forced them to change it to today because I have too much shit to do Wednesday and I can’t wake up in the woods at the start of such a day.