Brass Band Bash

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Here is a short clip of a section of Hinemoa, by Gareth Wood. We are preparing for our concert with Terry Everson, Professor of Trumpet at Boston University, on Saturday February 19, 2011 at 8:00 PM in the Meymandi hall in Raleigh.


Today was the annual Youth Brass Band ML King clinic/rehearsal day.  We were so graciously hosted by Evan Feldman and the fine people at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Jim Ketch, Andrew McAfee and Mike Kris, all brass faculty at UNC, ran sectionals with the two bands, and were fantastic.I have been running this camp as a part of the youth band season for a LONG time, and I think today may have ben the best one yet.  I think that the kids were jonesing for some brass band after being snowed (sic) out of rehearsal last week, and came ready for business today.  I didn’t get to spend much time with TYBE today, but I did pop my head in for a bit, and they sounded really, really good.  As for TYBB, which I spent a bit of time with today, I am extremely pleased.

We started off with a great session with Dr. Feldman, working a lot on Hinemoa, and a little on the Bulla.  Dr. Feldman has a great rapor with the kids, and was able to get a lot out of them.  After lunch on Franklin St, we went into sectionals.  I was able to bounce in and out of all of the rooms and really enjoyed watching all of the teaching and rehearsing going on.  It was so neat to see how quickly these guys can make a difference, and help the kids get better.  Thanks to Mike, Jim and Andrew for taking time to come in and work with us.

I also want to thank Nate Campbell for working with the percussion, Austin Green for helping the TYBE cornets, Chris Hardesty for doing the Euph/Baritones, and Brad Slusarczyk for helping the tubas.  They all did such a wonderful job.  Jesse Rackley also knocked himself out rehearsing his band today.  I am so thankful that all of these people were willing to come and share their talents with our people.

Now, the most impressive part of the day was definitely the kids.  I had low expectations because we have not been together for two full weeks, and really, we met only once in five weeks, which usually means progress will be slow.  Not so today.  Kids must have missed it, and really practiced a lot to be ready for the days impending beatdown on the face.  Kids played great all day.  Kids rehearsed well all day.  Kids behaved well all day.  Not a single problem.  Such good little boys and girls.  I give a lot of credit to these little ones.  They really are good people.  They really are talented.  They may be in the best TYBB in a while.  Or, maybe I picked music that is too easy???  I might be slipping.  Well, if this is the case, fear not. February will change that when we start working on the next program.  It gets much harder.

At any rate.  Today was a great day.  I wish I had more that were like this one.  If you are able, be sure to check out this band when it performs.  You won’t be sorry.  You might be impressed, even.

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