Director's Blog

NTB 2015 Season

posted Apr 16, 2015, 6:52 PM by Donna Morse

Well, the kick off party has happened, the music has been sorted by our hard working librarian, Sarah, and we are back to playing music again. A number of new people have joined our ranks and the sound is wonderful. We've added some new tunes such as Fanfare for the Common Man and brought back some oldies but goodies such as Sabre Dance. I know that we are a performing band but it often feels like we are a bunch of friends that love hanging out together and making music.

When I first started directing the Nelson Town Band I wondered if I would miss playing an instrument in the band. Well it surprised me that I find conducting and, in particular, running rehearsals to be an incredible musical experience. Years of conducting have honed my hearing so that I can pick up rhythmic and tonal detail that I didn't even realize I was missing. There is such reward in hearing a piece come together and sound like what I hear in my head. I feel so passionate about the music and I try hard to put that out there. I am humbled by the trust the band has(or pretends to have) in my direction. I watch and listen to other directors to try to improve my communication from the podium. The possibilities seem endless.

I'm really looking forward to our concert season. We have lots of great gigs on our schedule and the band sounds great. Our trailer is is getting a roof makeover and we are going to look sharp and sound great at our parades. Cheers!

Festival of NH Community Bands - New London, NH

posted Oct 18, 2014, 6:44 PM by Donna Morse

Today marks our third year of participation at the Festival Of NH Community Bands. Eight bands participated, playing for 1/2 hour each and then massing together to play Stars and Stripes, Salvation is Created and the 1812 Overture. It's a glorious display of passion for music. We played a 25 minute concert of some of our favorite tunes including Salute to the Sultan, Escapada, Seventy Six Trombones, Precious Lord, Blue Ridge Reel, Yankee Fanfare and El Capitan. I believe it was our best performance to date. The band was so tight and passionate that I felt we truly performed the music.

The New London Festival brings out our friendly competitive spirit which pushes us to a greater level of musical artistry. As the director, it was a thrill to stand up front of these wonderful, hard working musicians. Each year we come away from this festival feeling a great sense of camaraderie with the other musicians and a feeling of satisfaction having brought the level of performance of these pieces to a higher level.

In a few weeks we will start rehearsing for our holiday concerts. Making music with friends!

Winding down but not out!

posted Sep 17, 2014, 8:34 PM by Donna Morse

NTB is coming to the end our our Summer 2014 season. We have two more events coming up before we begin rehearsing for our holiday concerts in December.

On Sept. 27 we will be playing for the fine people of Winchester, NH in the their annual Pickle Festival parade. After the parade we will play a short concert right downtown. We have played this parade since the first year when it was a small relish competition and we relish the opportunity to continue our paricipation.

On October 18, we are heading to New London, NH for the annual Community Bands of NH festival. This is our third year of participation. The festival consists of 8 bands that play short concerts throughout the day. Our time this year is 10am. At the end of the day a guest conductor comes in to conduct select pieces performed by all the participants from all the bands. What a sound!

Lastly, and most importantly, many of our amazing Nelson Town Band members have been helping me and Vicki Moore launch a new program in Keene, NH. It is called the Monadnock New Horizons Band and it is a beginning band for adults. We started this week and 24 people have taken the plunge into the world of band music. The Nelson Town Band members were right there will technical help for the newest musicians and encouragement for all. This may be our best work!

The first day

posted Sep 4, 2014, 6:40 AM by Donna Morse   [ updated Sep 5, 2014, 8:21 AM ]

NTB is launching a new site because the administration is changing and the current site admin(yours truly) only knows one way of taking care of websites and this is it! Keeping with the NTB tradition of Donna talking on endlessly about all things band, this Director's blog exists! Enjoy or feel free to click on another page. Cheers!

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