Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Adult Band Camp

Adult Band Camp was, first of all, a lot of work.

As you can see, there were quite a few pieces. The camp only lasted a week, so all of those pieces weren't actually performed. Every rehearsal concluded with some sight-reading practice, which was a lot of fun.

There would be a full band rehearsal in the morning, sectionals and chamber music in the afternoon, and faculty performances in the evening.

With eighteen band pieces and some chamber music in the mix, there was a lot of music to keep track of. It was further complicated by the fact that the brass section rotated piece by piece, so each musician had a truly unique part assignment.

However, I'm very happy to say that I made it through with zero mistakes! The coordinator of the program later told me that a lot of the musicians had told him that I was the best librarian that they had ever had. Being an ensemble librarian is often a thankless job, so it was truly touching to receive such a compliment :)

As always, I'll conclude with the repertoire from the week.

The band performed:

The Star Spangled Banner - John Stafford Smith, arr. Jack Stamp
Untitled March - John Philip Sousa
El Camino Real - Alfred Reed
Suite of Old American Dances - Robert Russell Bennett
Sleep - Eric Whitacre
Scenes from the Louvre - Norman Dello Joio
America the Beautiful - Samuel Augustus Ward, arr. Carmen Dragon
Florentiner March - Julius Fucik
Winter's Eve March - Loren Kayfetz

The band sight-read:

Lincoln Portrait - Copland
Abram's Pursuit - Holsinger
On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss - Holsinger
From Dawn to Dusk - Lloyd
Lord of the Rings - de Meij
Rushmore - Reed
Chester Overture - Schumann
Through the Vulcan's Eye - Smith
Salvation is Created - Tschesnokov

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