Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown
We did it!
Our symphonic band concert was earlier this week, and I’m still floating high on a puffy cloud of success.
When you put together a “motley” group of hopeful-musicians — high school students, college students who aren’t music majors, music majors playing secondary instruments, and community members playing instruments often not played for as long as some of these young’uns have been alive — you probably shouldn’t expect much.
But with hard work at rehearsals and encouraging, enthusiastic directors, we managed to pull it off.
We started all our concert pieces together. Kept mostly together throughout. And ended together.
Best of all, we enjoyed the experience, and I suspect many will be back for more next year.
As my flute teacher tells me, you can learn important things from playing in a group that you can’t learn from a one-on-one lesson. Like how to play in tune, how to blend with other sections, how not to overshadow the melody line, how to play in time to the conductor’s beat.
Things real musicians need to know.
You also learn how to deal with butterflies in the stomach before a performance and how to get along with others who might have had a rough day or little sleep and seem prone to taking out their grumpiness on the rest of their section.
Part of me is glad it’s over. I’m relieved the concert went well and glad to have my time back. But a BIG part of me is sad it’s come to an end. We had a special energy, this ragtag group of thirty-three, and I’m going to feel at loose ends without the commitment.
Gee, perhaps I need to join community band this summer and see how that goes?
*Note: “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is Latin and translated “I came; I saw; I conquered.” The words are attributed to Julius Caesar after a quick victory in a long-ago war. Every Latin student knows this phrase — my high school teacher quoted it often.