Director’s Notes – 9/28

Another FANTASTIC rehearsal under our belts ! ! !

We got a great deal accomplished last night due to your diligence and hard work. THANK YOU ! ! !

Coming up next Monday…
Low Brass:  We will meet again at 6:30 pm to rehearse Three Equali. Please spend a little time with these movements this week. I was a little dismayed at how rough such an easy piece was. I’m sure we’ll all be better prepared to rehearse this wonderful piece that will memorialize our colleague John Mann. I’d suggest warming up before arriving for rehearsal. Perhaps we were all just a bit cold.

PSB Line-up:  On deck for next Monday’s rehearsal will be . . .
1) Band of Brothers
2) Christmas on the Town Square
3) Cowboys (going to up the temp a bit!)
4) RCM (especially sections from Reh 86 to 200; if you have any difficult sections in that range, I’d suggest taking a close look at them this week)
5) National Emblem (music will be distributed at rehearsal)
6) Coast Guards (music will be distributed at rehearsal)

Dynamics:  Dynamics (loud, soft and everything in between) are so VERY IMPORTANT to making music. I’d suggest practicing with dynamics. Don’t just learn the notes and rhythms. . .learn what to do with the dynamics. FYI — I will be really harping about that at all rehearsals from now until the concerts. Fair warning!

Band of Brothers:  Just ws we needed a little context for RCM, I’m including some background on Band of Brothers for those of you who might be unfamiliar with the series.

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name.[3] It was created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who also served as executive producers, and who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan.[4] Episodes first aired on HBO, starting on September 9, 2001. The series won Emmy and Golden Globe awards in 2001 for best miniseries.

The series dramatizes the history of “Easy” Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the 101st Airborne Division, from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe, up until Japan’s capitulation and the end of World War II. The events are based on Ambrose’s research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. The series took some literary license, adapting history for dramatic effect and series structure.[5][6] The characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company. Excerpts from interviews with some of the survivors are used as preludes to the episodes, but they are not identified by name until the end of the finale.

The title of the book and series comes from the St Crispin’s Day Speech in William Shakespeare’s play Henry V, delivered by King Henry before the Battle of Agincourt. Ambrose quotes a passage from the speech on his book’s first page; this passage is spoken by Carwood Lipton in the series finale.

Notes from the Board Chair:  Please remember to pay your annual dues ($25) to George Draeb. High school players are exempt. Please consider making PSB your charity of choice if you use Amazon Smile. It doesn’t cost you anything and PSB will benefit from the purchases you make through Amazon. This will help us to purchase more great music for our library!

Commission:  As I announced last night, the contract has been signed and the initial 10% of the composer’s fee has been paid. We are off to the races! The Fall of 2022 will have us giving the World Premiere of a new composition written just for us in honor of the band’s 30th anniversary. I hope we will all remember those who are memorialized in this effort as the contributions made in their honor have helped to fund a large portion of this commission (Joan Draeb, John Mann, John Koehn and Shyla Wollman). Somewhere, they are all anxiously awaiting this new work as much as we are.

Until next Monday, enjoy the amazing Fall weather!

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