Sunday, July 1, 2012

Week One

Well, the first week is over!

Students arrived last Saturday, auditioned on Sunday, and began classes and rehearsals on Monday.

On a typical day, I spend two hours at Junior Band rehearsal and three hours at World Youth Wind Symphony rehearsal. When I am not in rehearsal, I’m mostly likely to be found in the library, working on music for the next concert.

On Saturday nights, my band shares a concert with the second high school band, the Interlochen Symphony Band.

Last night was WYWS’s first concert, and the program consisted of:

Smetana Fanfare – Karel Husa
Lullaby for Kirsten – Leslie Bassett
Rose Variations, featuring trumpet soloist John Aley – Robert Russell Bennett
Bells for Stokowski – Michael Daugherty
“The BSO Forever” March from Divertimento – Leonard Bernstein, arr. Clare Grundman

It was NOT an easy program, but the kids managed to knock it out of the park. They received standing ovations at three different points in the program (after the Bennett, after the Daugherty, and at the very end).

My favorite piece on the program was the Daugherty.

It was a new piece to me, and really challenging for the kids. They all did a fantastic job, but the brass especially got a lot of positive feedback at the conclusion of the concert. Some of their features (such as 12:45) actually gave me goosebumps. It was incredible.

I couldn’t be more proud of what the kids were able to accomplish in only six rehearsals, and I’m looking forward to watching them continue to grow as musicians over the next five weeks.

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