Great rehearsal – everyone was trying to play their best. I thank you!
Trumpets finally understood what I wanted in the phrasing. It SOUNDED awesome. Thank you so much, guys!
With three of our strongest players out, the clarinets hung in there. What a strong section!
Kudos to the alto saxophones. They are beginning to put on the Ritz!
Jeannie did a wonderful job with the kettledrum Zippity-Doo-Dah motiff.
Second flutes and oboes were great on the march trio melody.
If you are going to miss a rehearsal or performance, please let your section leader and me know as soon as possible — my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
PROMOTE THE APRIL 22 CONCERT!
7:00 – Southern Winds
7:45 – Intermission
8:00 – Denmark HS Wind Ensemble
Denmark is a new school and has no senior class (and very few juniors). The Denmark HS auditorium seats 500. Please invite your friends and family. Please send this PDF to anyone that may be interested:
Our greatest weakness at the moment is precision.
Here is a picture I saw on the Internet tonight and I thought I could use it to visualize our precision problem:
So how do we get our precision better?
- Divide and subdivide the beat in your head. Saying 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & gives you eight reference points instead of four. In slow music you can even say in your head 1 e & a 2 e & a 3 e & a 4 e & a – which gives you sixteen reference points.
- Watch the conductor.
- Don’t just watch the conductor — make eye contact!
- Raise your stand so you can see the conductor (yes, I understand the bifocal glasses thing and the fact that some stands have lost their grip — do your best).
- Memorize as much of the music as you can (especially the beginnings, the tempo changes and the endings). I don’t expect you to memorized everything – but I can hope. LOL
We will perform the following pieces (in this order) on Monday, April 22 at Denmark High School:
- Toccata For Band
- Irish Tune from County Derry
- Under the Double Eagle
- Second American Folk
- Shaker Variants
- Music from Disneyland
- Prince of Denmark (Trumpet Voluntary)
- Jump, Jive and Wail (Brain Setzer)
- The Lone Ranger (Hans Zimmer Movie Version)
If there is time left, we will sightread
Buxtehude was J.S. Bach’s hero. Bach once walked 200 miles to hear Buxtehude play. This is a neat piece and you can hear the foreshadowing of Bach’s music. It is more modal than Bach (the equal temperament system was not common at that point in time) but it is a neat sound – one not often heard today.