So yeah tonight I became intimate with my mistress in front of Jen... Of course I'm refering to the mistress of musical performance. And My god what an amazing performance it was. We played Holst's "the Planets". The dress rehearsal went so so, but during the break in between the dress and the performance, it rained out for a lil bit. But then the sun came out about an hour before the beginning of the concert and the absolute most amazing rainbow came out of nowhere. It crossed the entire pond and it was the brightest most beautiful thing I had ever seen. And I guess for some reason it was a good omen.
The concert opened with a very celebratory piece played by the Air force band of liberty. Followed by Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor. They had some minor time issues, but they persevered. It was a good attempt at an extremely difficult piece. Then we heard a cool piece with a trumpet and trombone duet with the band accompanying. Then they played the most beautiful rendition of October. Third and best performance I've heard of the piece. Finally with an amazing Euphonium player!!!!!!! My god I'de sell a body part to have one here! Anyways, then I had to leave to get warmed up.
We get on stage. and we go through the normal tuning hurrah that begins every concert. They have a small talk and award ceremony and I was like come on let's get on with it. lol. Dr. Scatterday takes the stage. Conductor of the Eastman wind ensemble, an ensemble that puts on 18 concerts a year, and fellow bass trombonist. We begin Mars and it took us about a bar to get in sync, but after that the tempo never once wavered. This was the first performance that I ever had one of those "moments" with a large ensemble, you know the moments where you get those goosebumps because the band was so together and in sync and had the best emotion. I usually have those "moments" during rehearsal and performances are very often a letdown. For the first time since I've first heard the piece, it finally felt like WAR!!! so we end it nicely with the fortisimo brass and percussion in the very rubato sections. We go into the second movement which is Uranus. The opening chords were amazing. The only major issue was actually a very minor one. In the first basoon lick with the melody, one of the bassoons came in early. And only slightly. The reason I call this a major issue is due to the lack of any problems throughout the rest of the concert. My gigantic FFF E below the staff solo, came in amazingly. And amazingly in tune. The rest of the concert including Jupiter and Shostakovich's Galop was very very good. I don't think i've ever had a better performance in my life. Most of you know that I grade my performances according to how well I think we did as an ensemble. Most of you also know that I never have given above a B to these performances. Tonight's performance rated an A-.
Afterwards during all the applause Dr. Scatterday came up to me and said "Bravo Steve". After it was all over he talked to me after and was like "Steve you were solid. I want you to keep in touch with me and tell me how things are going for you." From this man it was a high compliment. Afterwards there were other colleagues in the band complimenting me. It was crazy and not just saying, great job, but being specific like, "I didn't know a bass trombone could sound like that." lol. And if you don't believe me just ask Jen. She witnessed the whole thing. All in all an amzing two days of playing, experimenting, making friends, and making music.
A special thanks goes out to Lindsey Sherman's family for having me at their home for those two days, and making this festival so convenient and easy to concentrate on. How you were able to put with me, I don't know, :-P, but I thank you so much for it. :)