Rehearsal – Monday 1st July

Hi all,

Firstly – thanks to all for the concert at Peel Cathedral on Tuesday.    Dunders reported back that the band is playing noticeably more ‘together’ than we were at the beginning of the year, so well done!   The event seemed to lack some of the sparkle of the Lorne House night, but I put that mainly down to having a very sparse audience – who all sat at the back !!   I’ll watch with interest to see whether the Wind Orchestra get a bigger audience when they play in a couple of weeks time (July 9th) 🙂

For this coming rehearsal, I’ve got a couple of new tunes for you…  The first is a Jon Halton piece, which you can download parts for etc. at this link on the website library >>>  Fascinating Rhythm.

We’ll also feature a new tune >>> the St. James Infirmary Blues.   I may put an arrangement together later, but for this coming rehearsal I want to hear you put your own take on this simple blues standard.   Follow the link to download the backing track (MP3) and solo sheets for Alto and Tenor.

Please have a go with this before Monday, so you know your way around the tune.  Each of us will play it through as a solo – and I’m looking for expressiveness, creativity, dynamic control of your instrument and the sounds it makes – and maybe a little bit of performance oriented pixie-dust !

In other words, for this piece throw away the shackles of ensemble playing – build your own set of dynamics that you think fit the piece, and give us your interpretation.

… and please watch out for my next post which is an invitation to discuss the future of the group based on my promised review of the band’s performance in 2013.

See you Monday, Jem

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