I play the clarinet in one of the most successful wind bands in the UK. I love bands, better than orchestras. Only two bands in the last three years have won gold awards at the national festival, us being one, which are given on individual performance, not comparison to others, so a gold in the open class is almost professional standard.
Wish you well
Great! Wish you well too!, I would like to ask that did you guys' band play Alvamar Overture? Its' hard you know? Well I'm not that good in quick songs, but I love these songs- Alvamar Overture, Oregon, Abba Gold..etc.
I'm a band clarinettist! I'm not in a famous band or anything, though. I just play in my school Symphonic Band. I'm first chair, yay (not like there's too much stiff competition in a high school of 200 students, out of which only 10 or so are clarinet players.... LOL! I still feel good though! )
Our band director for 3 years was really into marches and music that really stunned the audience. He also had a soft spot for slow, very expressive pieces, but we hardly ever played any of those. In our last concert, we performed:
Freedom City (a King march)
Trumpeter's Lullaby (one of our trumpet players was a senior and leaving this year, but he was incredibly talented so we did this one for him - he had the solo)
Old Scottish Melody - arrnaged by Wiley I think
Rikudim (LOVED this! Especially the last movement! Tons of fun semiquavers!)
So that gives you an idea of what kind of music he liked us to play. However, he's left for Korea now, so I don't know what our next band director will be like...
I'm in the scond group, not very good either... Our band is going to have a concert at the end of this year! HURRAY!
I love bands, better than orchestras.
I love bands, better than orchestras, anyway, do you notice that the International Band Competition within Malaysia and Singapore end of this year? In the Genting Highlands?