Monday, August 12, 2013

Adult Band Camp

This was my second year working post-camp. For library staff, post-camp entails one week of Adult Band Camp followed by one week of the Adult Chamber Music program.

During Adult Band Camp (ABC), the musicians have band rehearsal in the morning, sectionals and chamber music in the afternoon, and various performances in the evening. At the end of the week, participants have a chamber music recital.
ABC Brass Choir

The band performed:

The Star-Spangled Banner - Jack Stamp (arr.)
National Emblem - E E Bagley
Festive Overture - Dimitri Shostakovich
"Gandalf" from The Lord of the Rings - Johann de Meij
Lux Aurumque - Eric Whitacre
Garden of the Gods (World Premiere) - Robert Burns
Eternal Father Strong to Save - Claude T. Smith
Kaddish - Francis McBeth
Gibraltar March - Richard Waterer
Them Basses - G H Huffine
Adult Band Camp
Adult Band Camp

The band sight-read:

Pathfinder of Panama - John Philip Sousa
La Fiesta Mexicana - H. Owen Reed
Lincoln Portrait - Aaron Copland
Cityscape I - David Holsinger
Colonial Song - Percy Grainger
Elegy for a Young American - Ronald Lo Presti
The Magnificent Seven - Elmer Bernstein/arr. Phillippe
Finnish Folk Song Suite - Jan Van der Roost

I really enjoy working with ABC because all of the musicians are so incredibly nice. The majority of them return every year, so they're very friendly with one another and have a lot of fun. I enjoyed last year, but the second was even better. Many of the participants remembered me, and they really made me feel welcome. I even got an official ABC shirt :)

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