It has been a cool, but busy month for brass bands here. First, the TYBB played at the trumpet festival in Greensboro and did a great job. Both Youth Bands just performed at Meymandi over the weekend and presented oneof the best concerts we have done in a really long time. Both bands played really well, and the TYBB was over the top good. I was so proud, and had such a good time making music that night.
This week, the TBB plays a concert Friday night with the NC Saxophone Ensemble at the Cary Arts Center. Andy Smith will play a big solo with the band that is really cool, and I am looking forward to it a lot. Its going to be pretty busy in brass band land for the next few months, about up to July 4th, where we will end our season playing for the fireworks in Downtown Raleigh.
Some other cool things I was involved with include the Wagner NC Opera concert which was simply amazing. I sat half the time with the Wagner Tuben which was surreal for me, as I have never, in all the years, ever played on that side of the stage in that hall. I really had a lot of fun playing that gig. In April I will do Aida with them, and Rite of Spring with NC Symphony in May. Early March will have me playing a week of Kids Concerts, too.
I can already tell that the summer will get here very fast…