Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Artist of the Week: Marching

Originally uploaded by Teckelcar
This week's artist is Jake and his high school marching band.

When Jake decided to keep on with his trumpet and join the marching band, little did I know what we were getting into. It turns out his high school's marching band is very hardcore. They have amassed a staggering amount of awards and honors over the past years. There is practice after school three times a week and the director does not brook any nonsense.

This past weekend was their first "competition" of the season. I put competition in quotation marks because it was actually a critique and not a head to head competition. Either way the band has to perform to the best of their ability. The beauty of the critique is that the band gets evaluated and after their performance the judge gives a fairly detailed analysis of their performance with suggestions on how to improve.

Which is a very nice thing at the start of marching season.

Jake's band did very well and the suggestions were more tweaks than overhauls. They should be very competitive this season.

Below is my rather shaky video of the performance.

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