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SylvreKat
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Band gloating

Postby SylvreKat » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:25 pm

The gal in charge of the programs for the Civic Band's concerts just emailed the official roster. And I just have to gloat.

FIVE oboes! Yes, FIVE!
THREE bassoons!
THREE bass clarinets!
ELEVEN french horns! Freakin' ELEVEN!! We have more frenchies than trombones, more than all the saxes (although we do now have two baris, so how about that!). Unreal!!
SIX tubas!!

This in an all-volunteer band. We get no pay, although we also don't have to pay to play. No auditions help. But more helpful is the attitude that everyone of all skill levels is welcome to join. It's kind of like that gym's commercial--no judgement zone.

The good thing about having all those folks on roster is that nobody feels constrained to make every concert every time. Life happens. Rarely does everyone show. We usually have two oboes and bassoons at a concert (although usually all three bass clarinets--how glorious is that!) Collie, I wish your band was like this, full of joy at making good music together, sometimes with some hard work which only makes it feel even better when the song gels. I can't think of anyone who acts better than the rest. And we've got some amazing players who could be (and might actually be) pros. Our first chair frenchie would make your jaw drop. A couple of our trumpets give me shivers with their control. Our lead tuba is planning on taking the picc's Stars & Stripes solo. Yet none of them treat the others as inferior players.

Gloating aside, I truly believe that the complete absence of anyone being judgemental contributes as much to our crazy numbers as open admission. I just wish everyone could have a Band like this to thoroughly enjoy playing with.

(edit to add that while there are a number of band directors and at least a couple of unconfirmed pros, most of us have day jobs with nothing to do with music, except perhaps piped in Muzak :D )

>'Kat
Flutes:1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel;1982 Armstrong 80;2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P;1982 Gemeinhardt 4S;1980s? Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199
Treble:2009 Guo New Voice

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Re: Band gloating

Postby pied_piper » Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:49 pm

With 11 french horns and 6 tubas, it sounds like your band is ready to take-on some Wagner...

That's amazing! How many total players in your band?

The band I play in fluctuates but typically around 55 members. I think at one point we had 8 horns, but we never had 5 oboes or 3 bassoons. That's a lot of good kindling wood there. :lol:
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SylvreKat
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Re: Band gloating

Postby SylvreKat » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:41 pm

I believe there's maybe around 120 on the roster. Like I said, we very rarely get everyone at once. I think we usually average around 70-80 at a concert, which is just about the right size and instrumentation.

Nevermind Wagner. I'm working on convincing our director we need to take on some Morton Gould (yes, as in his American Salute arr for concert band--oh gosh that is quite likely my very favoritest piece ever!). Last year we learned a very hard Star Wars medley in a few rehearsals. This year we mastered the Sunflower Drag. He's changed his answer to my pestering from " "Kat, there's no way" to "Maybe." Maybe is a whole lot closer than no!

hee--"good kindling wood" :lol: I don't think I'll tell my oboe friend that one though. Then again she DOES have a very good sense of humor.

Meanwhile, we had the KC horn club join us for today's concert (our last of the summer). I wasn't at a good angle to count, but Mom estimated at least 18 frenchies. Lying here figuring on how many chairs in the two rows they filled, I think she's a tad low--there were eight front row, and at least 13 in the second row. One song was Ashokan Farewell, which was amazingly gorgeous all-horn. Jolly fun to hear that many frenchies all together!!

>'Kat
Flutes:1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel;1982 Armstrong 80;2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P;1982 Gemeinhardt 4S;1980s? Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199
Treble:2009 Guo New Voice

+ many flute-cousins

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Re: Band gloating

Postby malc » Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:43 am

You lucky people !!! , my band has peaked at about 45 , and averages 25 + .maybe it is our varied and ever changing repertoire.

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Re: Band gloating

Postby SylvreKat » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:03 pm

Sorry, malc, I missed your post.

I feel your pain of small band size. There was a time when we were probably doing not much better than your band. Mr Badsky even paid a friend to play drum set for us, 'cause we had no percussionists whatsoever. There were maybe five flutes tops, and fewer of everyone else. In our case, it was a director who was pretty bad, who made jokes at the concerts that only he laughed at (Mom once asked if ANYone else thought he was funny besides himself), and who had us play the same songs for each concert, with one or two substitutions (we'll swap Wash Post for Black Horse for Thunderer for.....)

After two miserable years in which even *I* considered dropping out, we had the Summer Sightread Series. The bad director got a job out of town, so arranged for a different area band director to lead us each concert. So we rehearsed one week, then played a concert the next. Hence our not-so-courteous nickname for that season. Luckily, I took a horn in for repair. While chatting, my repairman mentioned that Mr Colson wouldn't mind leading us, but not for free. I immediately called my friend who was on the Band's board and told her this wondrous news. And we've been blessed with his leadership ever since.

So don't give up, malc. Your band might be down right now, but there's hope. After all, look where mine has grown! (freakin' ELEVEN frenchies!!!!!! :shock: )

>'Kat
Flutes:1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel;1982 Armstrong 80;2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P;1982 Gemeinhardt 4S;1980s? Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199
Treble:2009 Guo New Voice

+ many flute-cousins


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