Mustang Band Notes for 04/16/18We started off this week by moving the wind players over to the Choir Room so Mr. Schmandt could spend some time with the percussionists in the Band Room. The winds started their rehearsal time with The Trunk Twist and The Elbow Grab from The Breathing Gym, followed by the First Flow Study - evenly breathing in and out for 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 counts while moving our arms up and down slowly. After that we reviewed some Cut Time rhythm exercises using the Concert B flat Scale.
With Family Music Fest out of the way (GREAT JOB AT THAT PERFORMANCE, BY THE WAY!) we were able to focus on our three pieces for the Spring Concert coming up in just a couple of weeks.
We started with A Song for Friends without the percussionists who were still working with Mr. Schmandt. This piece is becoming very musical. I had goosebumps at several points during our rehearsal of this piece. I'm very excited about the way the band is playing this piece with emotion!
After that the wind players moved back into the Band Room to work on Meeting at Tryon Palace with the percussion. We started near the end and worked our way toward the beginning. We focused on expression, dynamics, groove, accents, and all the things that make this song so cool. This has come a LONG way the last few weeks!
We ended with some time on The Marines' Hymn. We started this one near the end as well and made sure we could hear the melody at all times. We're doing a much better job of holding this one together. The next step is to bump the tempo up. We'll work on that next time!
We've got one more rehearsal next week to fine tune things. This is going to be a great concert!
Our Video of the Week featured Bobby McFerrin and his demonstration of the universal nature of the pentatonic scale at a science festival. You can watch the video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.
Notes and announcements for the evening included:
- We'll be on stage next week for our dress rehearsal (and you don't need to dress up for that!)
- Our Spring Concert is on Tuesday, April 24th
- Meet in the Band Room at 5:45 PM
- The concert starts at 6:30 PM
- Clothing should be white on top and black on the bottom (pants, socks, and shoes). Guys are encouraged to wear ties. Ladies may wear an all-black dress if they'd prefer.
Have a great week - let's finish off our year with another great rehearsal!