Director’s Notes – 10/26

You bring such energy and intensity to rehearsals that I’m exhausted when I go home. THANK YOU ! ! !

Some of you might think that Russian Christmas Music will never come together. . .but I assure you that I am extremely pleased with where we are at this point. We will continue to work on transitions with changing tempos. That is our biggest obstacle right now. After the Veterans Day Concert, we will have four rehearsals to complete our work on RCM and tighten up the other Holiday Concert selections. We are in a good position.

You are all doing amazing work ! ! !

Veterans Day Concert:  There will be some adjustments to the sanctuary space for the concert as we need to allow for social distancing in the audience. We believe at this point that the concert will also be broadcast for car radios if some audience members prefer to remain in the parking lot (just like Sunday services have been at POP). A reminder for band members to park in the lot across the street so that there is plenty of parking for our audience members right at the church. Our set up will actually be done on Monday, Nov 8th and can remain in place through the concert on Nov. 11th. Warm-up is scheduled for 6:00 pm SHARP as the doors will open to the public at 6:30 pm.

Next rehearsal:  At our next rehearsal on Monday, Nov 1st, please be prepared for. . .
1) Star Spangled Banner2) Armed Forces Salute3) Coast Guards4) National Emblem5) Stars and Stripes Forever6) Band of Brothers7) The Cowboys

Low Brass:  We made some progress on Three Equali but we still need the high trombone part to be dead on. Please spend some time making sure you feel confident at those spots. As I mentioned previously, Beethoven hated tenors (in choral music) so it just stands to reason that he would also hate trombones (and write ridiculously high parts for them) since the 1st trombones are like choir tenors. Beethoven wrote wonderfully beautiful and dynamic music but he definitely had it in for certain parts. We will meet at 6:30 pm next Monday and continue our work.

Next Spring:  Even though we haven’t seen the snow fly yet, I want to get on your calendars for next Spring. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, April 4th at 7:00 pm. Our repertoire will be somewhat easier as it will be composed of much patriotic music (for Memorial Day and July 4th) and lighter pieces like Pirates of the Caribbean. 

To Look Forward to:  Fall rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 12th at 7:00 pm. It will be an exceptionally exciting season as we look forward to preparing and performing the World Premiere of the work that we have commissioned from Randall Standridge. 

Don’t Forget:  We are joining the SBHS holiday concert on Monday, Dec. 20th. Detail TBA. I do know that we will close the evening’s concert so we want to be in tip top shape and have everyone onboard.

Commissioned Work:  Great news ! ! ! We are within $600 of having all that we need to completely pay for the commissioned work.

Equipment:  Ensembles like ours are very fortunate for the percussion equipment that we own. One of the things that has been missing (and expensive) is CHIMES. Just wanted to let you know that we have submitted a couple of grant applications seeking funding to purchase chimes. I will keep you informed as we receive the outcome of these applications. Please keep your fingers crossed ! (and eyes… and toes… and legs… and)

If you haven’t already had your instrument out and practiced today…. consider it. Music makes everyday GREAT! Even if you’re having a tough time with a certain passage and haven’t mastered it yet. . .just working on it and making a little progress can help lift your spirits in these cloudier and colder days.

Everyday, I reflect on the profound words of Sergei Rachmaninoff:  Music is enough for a lifetime but a lifetime is not enough for music.

Have a fantastic week! I’m already excited about next Monday’s rehearsal!!

Jason Palmer
Music Director
Peninsula Symphonic Band/Swingin’ Door Big Band

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