The spring concert is always great fun. The kids really get to show how much they've grown musicaly during the year. They get some input into which pieces they perform and there are also some featured smaller combos. Each grade has its own band because the school is so large so we can really hear the difference in each band as the kids gain experience and skill. Lots of people remarked on the trumpet section in Diana's band. It's unusual because of the 7 members all but one are girls and can they ever wail on that brass!
Calypso's band is unusual in that it has her as an oboe player and another student who plays bassoon. Double reed instruments like those are really difficult to play well. Directors will bend over backwards for double reed players who have any kind of skill or, at this age, a kid who is willing to play. Calypso has figured out the advantage she gains by playing a 'rare' instrument and she delighted in having a solo during one of the pieces. As a side note, she found her clarinet. Thank goodness!
And not to be left out, on Wednesday night at the 'try an instrument night,' Isaac signed up for trombone. He was courted for cello, drums, and trombone. He was hoping he'd do well on the saxophone but the reed was problematic. He got a decent beginner sound out of the trombone though and he thought that slide was an awful lot of fun. He's got this perfectionist streak and he's very hard on himself so we've warned him it takes a long time to build a lip and he needs to know he won't sound great at first. He's one who really needs to know what difficulties to expect or he gets discouraged when he hits a bump. Now the hunt for an instrument and another teacher begins.
Wish us luck and have a great weekend!