Monday, April 29, 2019
Our 2019 season is well on it's way right now. I have challenged the band with some interesting pieces this year. One piece involves counting in successive measures of 7/8, 6/8, 3/4. I'm always impressed with the focus and ability of the band to learn new skills in the limited time that we have together each week. The piece is exciting and challenging and we will be able to play it this year. Of course, all of this challenging music means that I need to prepare well to teach these rhythms to the band. And that is one of my favorite parts of conducting; hearing it my head and then finding the path to hear that from the band. I thought I would miss playing an instrument when I picked up the baton but I have found the music challenges of conducting feed my continuous want to learn more about how music is constructed and how to go from the notes on the page to the beautiful sounds created by live musicians.