Professional Ensemble

So here’s how it works in the Caltech band: everyone takes turns on the high parts, so we can blow our brains out on Shostakovitch without worrying about painful, painful consequences twelve Sousa marches later. Or that’s how it works in theory, and during most rehearsals. At the concert, of course, everyone just plays whatever part is in front of them, and no one admits that they’re supposed to play the top part of the Sousa march.

My lip hurts.

On the other hand, the soloist brought in a contrabass saxophone. If your bandwidth is burning a hole in your pocket, it’s worth taking a listen, while I head off to find a nice beer.

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