Lately, I have been mostly blogging about about the weight loss, and I bet you are sick of it. Â I have actually not been blogging much because so much is going on and I am maxing out my laziness factor with doing so much. Â Two weekends ago was the Platinum Drum corps campÂ thatÂ I taught all weekend. Â Then on Monday we had our annual youth brass band all day clinic rehearsals on ML King Day. Â Then all hell broke lose. Â Dave L. came down with a pinched nerve or something in his back and I was called to play the week with the symphony. Â So, on top of a busy week of teaching lessons, I played seven services with the orchestra, which was AWESOME. Â I played on Dvorak 8 and Les Preludes and we did two concerts in Raleigh and one in Chapel Hill. Â This is the first time I have actually subbed a full week subscription series with the orchestra. Â I Â have played subscription series concerts before, but only as an extra on Also Sprach, Rite of Spring and Sym. Fant. Â So, for over ten years, Dave has not missed a subscription concert. Â Thats, Brett Favre-ian and Cal Ripken-ian like stats if you ask me. Â At any rate, I really enjoyed my week with the orchestra, and thought it went pretty well.
I did take the Roanoke Symphony audition yesterday. Â I have not take an audition since Ft. Worth many years ago, so I wanted to get back in and see what it was like. Â It was fairly close, and an easy list. Â I admit I did not prepare for this audition like I normally would for an audition, but never the less, I feel I played pretty well. Â I did not advance, which is no surprise. Â Some monster players there. Â Good to see McCaslin there and I met Chris Blaha, who is the newest tuba professor in NC, and liked meeting him. Â He was very nice to me. Â Best part of the day was seeing Jesse advance for the first time in a trombone audition. Â He had to crash the audition, and made it past the first round. Â Let it be a lesson…just because you don’t have tons of experience on your resume, it does not mean you have no talent. Â Give it a shot anyways. Â Congrats to Jesse. Â Also, congrats to Brian Kiser for winning the job. Â Had I not had to stay for Jesse, I would not have seen him there, and got a chance to catch up. Â Super guy, great player. Â Way to go.
While the youth bands are hard at it getting ready for Scott Hartman’s visit in a few weeks, the Triangle Brass Band is on a short break. Â We resume rehearsals next Wednesday and start to dig in to our music for Allen Vizzutti’s visit with us. Â It is going to be a busy couple of months. Â Hold on to your hats!!!