All things have a beginning, such as a person, book, even the universe. But not all beginnings are pretty and some hurt the ear quite a bit. I’m talking about hearing sounds I’ve never heard before. Yep, those are the 4th grade beginner band member for ya!
To set this straight, I’m not saying that I wasn’t a bad player in my first year. It’s just that the experience kind of makes listening to bad music sort of… feel weird. There is Montgomery Band Spring Concert that involves the beginners, and so all 6th graders, especially kids in the Wind Ensemble, were able to play with their eyes close. Although I would’ve fallen asleep like that, you get the point. The evening performance was slightly more crowded because of the chorus performance after, and the only problem was the high temperature. Half an hour upon arriving, I started playing probably the easiest concert of my life. While the 4th graders honked, squealed, and squeaked like animals, Rob, my friend, and I tried our best to stay on task. You know, some artificial animal noise can get very distracting. At the time 2 years ago, a honk sounded like angelic, musical for the first woodwind sound I made as a beginner and the sound of air being blown through my mouth. I even felt the tiniest sympathy to the 4th graders, not exactly how you wanted to start your music career with a messed up performance.
This performance had one special thing that was not an embarrassing one. We played a comedy, in which the band invited Mr. Theodore, the Physical Ed teacher. He held high an Olympic torch, wore a cape, and marched on stage while the band played the Olympic Fanfare and Theme. The piece was called “Concerto for Crash Cymbals” Mr. Theodore would pretend to be a guest soloist. Once the piece began, however, he messes up a lot. A little conversation between our band director, Mr. Marcopul and Mr. Theodore happened for the show. In the end, he was handed tiny cymbals that clinked together for a small ring, then the song ended on a final note. Through it all, I remarked a stone face, and didn’t really care. If everyone started laughing, at least someone would still be playing.
For the beginners, they had an interesting start since this was the first ever comedy piece played by the Montgomery band. Soon, those 4th graders will realize how hard they need to work on and probably criticize the beginners 2 years from now.
(Montgomery Band Spring Concert 05/20/2015)
(6th Grade Band/Chorus 05/20/2015)