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is confused.

i'm just confused.

but whatever. i need to be patient with myself.

I finished the pit music to the show at around 3:30, then had to get up four hours later for our drum-a-thon/rehearsal from 9:00-17:00.

It was a long day, especially with my lack of sleep and general lack of food consumption in the past couple of days (boy, would purple_thread yell at me), but the result is that Act I of our show (which is about two minutes) is now on the floor.

whoo hoo!

The kids still have some problems trying to execute the music while moving, especially some of the more complex brain things that Mark is asking them to do, but at the end of the rehearsal, everyone was still incredibly enthusiastic and not brain-fried at all. It's amazing how much energy they have, and how much energy that can give me.

And i'm not sure if i've stated it yet on my journal, but i've surely been thinking it for a while now: for the first time since '99, i have a cymbal line, and it's fucking great. I've missed teaching cymbals *so* much.

We're big too. About half of the fall marching band wanted to be a part of this ensemble, and we found a way to fit everyone in. Four snares, two tenors, five bass drums, four cymbals (sometimes three), nine in the pit (sometimes ten), eight in the color guard.

Quite a difference from our founding season two years ago where we had nine people total.

I think this might be the biggest battery i've ever taught. Well, i take that back. Township's Fall '98 drum line was pretty big, except that I didn't have *that* much to do with them because i was more of a music ensemble director. Plus, Township was a 300+ member marching band, so proportionally, it seems natural that the battery was big too.

Having a 33 member winter percussion group coming from a 61 piece (including guard) marching band... that ain't too shabby.

i'm so excited.

anyway, as a result of the lack of sleep and the long day, i went to bed around 22:00, which might be the earliest i've gone to sleep in years. i've been awake since about 04:00, and now, after calling Kim, vtexting a couple of people, and putzing around on the internet, i'm ready to do some work. I think i might fill in the dynamics and the battery music i'm writing in Act III, maybe rewriting some of the chords i'm not happy with at letter O. Then i want to start putting my chamber piece for the spring Monkey concert into the computer. It took me a while, but i think i've finally found a title for the piece i'm happy with.

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purple_thread
Feb. 8th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
damn right i'd yell....
lifeofmendel
Feb. 8th, 2004 11:52 am (UTC)
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teehee.

you'd still be yelling too. i won't give you the details on the last time i ate. :p
mrsprinkle
Feb. 8th, 2004 10:46 am (UTC)
cymbals rock....

it's a shame...this past year at Twp was the first year in a LOOOONG time that there wasn't a cymbal line. the first reason was that i couldn't find a suitable tech for them. the other reason was that the kids that wanted to be in the plate line were in the band proper...and they weren't allowed to switch. i hope to have one again at whatever teaching gig i come upon in the future though

the days of the 300 + look like they might be gone....it's a shame really
lifeofmendel
Feb. 8th, 2004 11:55 am (UTC)
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beh. i think i'm happier with the smaller band aesthetic. anywhere from 50-150 suits me. Township was a hard first gig to manage. i'm not sure how i pulled it off, but if i had that band again, i'd do a much better job now with the new experiences i 've had.
platypi25
Feb. 8th, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
Yea Cymbals
Hooray for a cymbal line...first since '99? Well, I guess you couldn't top me as a tech, so I don't blame ya :)
lifeofmendel
Feb. 8th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Yea Cymbals
well, my second year out here at willamette, three of the bass drummers started with cymbal on a stick. i'm not sure if that counts.

it was the first thing you heard on the field, though... it was a solo for them for two measures to help the pit lead in, and then the rest of the band came in about eight or so measures later.
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