This was a week of concerts. It started with our concert on Tuesday at Latham United Methodist Church. Yes, the very church of the break-in! Happily, nothing like that happened this week. The Huntsville Concert Band played their spring concert. I love to play but the loss of Mr. Watson has colored everything for me and it wasn’t the release I usually get playing my clarinet. The concert made it a better Tuesday than it would have been otherwise but it is really hard for me to get past the sadness I feel at the loss of my sweet beagle.
Then on Friday came the concert of the Madison City Community Orchestra. I have worked really hard on learning this music and quite honestly, I was happy to have the opportunity to play it in a performance. I’m looking forward even more to seeing the new music we will receive on Monday! I love concerts not only because I enjoy the performance aspect of playing music I’ve worked on, but because of the chance to sight-read new music and to begin preparing for the next concert! I would play in community groups even if we didn’t perform but there is something satisfying about having a common goal and achieving it. It was a lot of fun and we had a pretty good turn out for the concert.
Now, today, the clarinet choir played at a car show at a middle school. This may be the most fun I have in playing. This group plays fun music and I don’t feel the performance stress I feel with the other groups. We have a lot of fun in this group and I really enjoy playing in a group of clarinets. All kind of clarinets but every instrument is a clarinet. There is a meeting of minds that I don’t experience the same way in any other group with which I participate. This concert got rained out before we finished but we still had lots of fun.
Oh, but the fun wasn’t over with yet! I volunteer at the Von Braun Center at events in order to help pay my daughter’s band fees. It has been a life-saver in getting the fees paid. I know running a band is expensive but sometimes it feels like I’m paying to run the whole band. Of course this is an exaggeration but I have been in a financial bind for several years and the band fees were unreachable. But having an outlet in which I can volunteer and get the fees paid has helped me pay fees and has helped pay for trips. Tonight’s event was the Boston concert! I stand near one of the bars checking ID’s, ensuring that everyone is over 21 if they want to purchase alcohol. From that vantage point, I get to hear the concert without having to buy a ticket! And if I were to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of going to concerts, sitting in a seat and watching a group sing for a couple of hours. I do like seeing a band in person; it is just the watching for hours that gets to me. So wristbanding for me is the ideal compromise. I’m listening to the concert; peeking in on the band in slow times but I have something to otherwise occupy me and to keep my mind busy! Boston was fantastic! I’ve seen other bands this way as well; Elton John, Miranda Lambert, and Jay Leno to mention a few. Not all bands are great but it is the perfect place for people watching…….