WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMANCE: Frames by Paolo Griffin
From my graduating recital 3/23/14
Inflatable Concert Hall
The world’s first inflatable concert hall in the disaster-hit northeastern coast town of Matsushima in Miyagi prefecture, Japan. British sculptor Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki created the unusual Ark Nova, a balloon made of a coated polyester material, which has been erected at a park in Matsushima for the concert hall. The first event will run from September 27 through October 14, including performances by the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and traditional Japanese kabuki theatre.
Photograph: Lucerne Festival Arknova 2013/AFP/Getty Images
Extreme respect for those auditioning for DCI, ESPECIALLY those who had to learn a different instrument just to audition. Conquer and dominate all in your future auditions. I believe in you all! (:
We’ve all wondered what happens if you don’t take away your face from your instrument fast enough when you gotta sneeze. Now we know…it’s a work of art.
- The 13th Chair
oh hey look what just came up on my news feed.
NO HOLD UP YOU NEED TO STOP RIGHT THERE.
Usually I’ll post stuff like this down in the tags, but this is extremely important.
People who major in music do it because they love what they do. They know it is not all that well paying, and it can lead to a rough life. The decision they make is to carry on doing something they love, something that will (hopefully) bring them happiness. It is many hours of practicing, dedication, and anxiety over auditions, shows, etc.
Music majors don’t get paid all that much, especially if they’re are strictly performing. They have to dedicate themselves to some other job in order to pay bills, because depending on the area you live in or how many orchestras/ bands you perform in you might not be making all that much. However, people still chose to pursue something they love in order to achieve happiness.
Additionally, let’s pretend that music major’s didn’t exist for a second. Films would have practically no soundtrack. The people who work on movies coordinating the music are music majors. You want to go to a musical? Guess what there is no music. MUSIC MAJORS ARE NOT JUST PLAYING INSTRUMENTS!!! Get your head out of your ass and stop bashing other people’s passions and major.
reblogging again because ^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^
Well thank you! Although we do have followers who aren’t flute players, and I personally follow a lot of band kids who play different instruments, so it makes it easier to find band related posts. :) So I’m glad the balance is good for you!
Fun Story: My director kept telling me and my tenor sax buddy to play softer. No matter what we did, it wasn’t soft enough for him. So getting frustrated, I told my buddy “Dont play this time. Just fake it”
Our Band Director then informed us we sounded perfect.
To my readers: “p” means quiet, “pp” means really quiet. I’ve never seen “pppp” before haha.
On the contrast, “f” means loud, and “ffff” probably means so loud you go unconscious.
I had ffff in a piece once and my conductor told me to play as loudly as physically possible without falling off my chair…
Me and my trombone buddies had “ffff” and he sat next to me and played so hard that he fell out of his chair.
The lengths we go for music.
Okay yeah so I play the bass clarinet and the amount of air you have to move and the stiffness of the reed means it only has two settings and that is loud and louder, with an optional LOUDEST that includes a 50% probability of HORRIBLE CROAKING NOISE which is the bass equivalent of the ubiquitous clarinet shriek.
One day, when I was in concert band in high school, we got a new piece handed out for the first time, and there was a strange little commotion back in the tuba section — whispering, and pointing at something in the music, and swatting at each other’s hands all shhh don’t call attention to it. And although they did attract the attention of basically everyone else in the band, they managed to avoid being noticed by the band director, who gave us a few minutes to look over our parts and then said, “All right, let’s run through it up to section A.”
And here we are, cheerfully playing along, sounding reasonably competent — but everyone, when they have the attention to spare, is keeping an eye on the tuba players. They don’t come in for the first eight measures or so, and then when they do come in, what we see is:
[reeeeeeally deep breath]
[COLOSSAL FOGHORN NOISE]
The entire band stops dead, in the cacophonous kind of way that a band stops when it hasn’t actually been cued to stop. The band director doesn’t even say anything, just looks straight back at the tubas and makes a helpless sort of why gesture.
In unison, the tuba players defend themselves: “THERE WERE FOUR F’S.”
FFFF is not really a rational dynamic marking for any instrument, but for the love of all that is holy why would you put it in a tuba part.
This is the best band post
Everyone else go home
Oh man, so I play trombone, and we got this piece called Florentiner Marsch by Julius Fucik, and we saw this
which is 8 fortes. We were shocked until,
that is 24 fortes who the fuck does that
Who does that?
This guy. Take a good look - that is the moustache of a man with nothing to lose.
More like Julius Fuckit
this is what happens you get bored at band camp
Diy matching duet mugs made by Avery and I :D
Are we the only section of flutes that try to balance our flutes vertically on the floor when we are at a long rehearsal?
Every time I hear this song I just picture…
I interrupt your normal flute blogging to bring you a Happy Dancing post! Have a wonderful night all! ♥
like???? sorry you weren’t on your dot and that’s why i hit you you fucking bitch don’t complain
I feel like color guard lives by this rule.
The Wylie High School freshmen that went missing was found safe. Thank you all for your support and reblogs! :)