/r/ConcertBand

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For the fans and performers, conductor and groupies of concert / symphonic bands, solo and ensemble competitions, marching and non-marching, winds and percussion, band camps and buses, brass, horns, reed, woodwinds, drums and bells, school band or community band... come share your stories, pictures, performances, and what not.

/r/ConcertBand

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Stars and Stripes Forever

Would it be weird or unusual/disrespectful to play the (American) National March at a random band parade competition instead of a designated 4th of July or Memorial Day event?

4 Comments
2024/05/20
16:08 UTC

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Falling for an oboeist

My(24F) boyfriend(25M) is an oboeist. I must admit, before meeting him I knew nothing about this little instrument. When watching movies, I had always wondered what that soothing tune was, it felt mystical, something I would imagine playing deep in the woods where fairies danced - I had decided it was some mix of a flute and a violin (sorry if that offends anyone, I was illiterate in classical music :P). When I went on my first date with my boyfriend he showed me the Swan lake solo as an example of the oboe - it was that mysterious instrument I had always wondered about! Turns out it's just as magical and alive as it sounds - needing deep care and nimble fingers.

It was our second date when he showed me his oboe. I went over to his house and he demonstrated the delicate instrument. He took care of it like it was his first born child. I asked him to play something for me and he did. I fell in love instantly. Before playing, he blew on the reed by itself - testing it out I imagine. It sounded like a little duckling. Absolutely adorable. Nowadays I ask him to make that little duckling sound for me. I have videos of it saved on my phone. Following the duckling's announcement, he played snippets of a couple songs - Swan lake, Tangled, Aladin . I fell in love instantly. It was that fairy like music I had always longed for. And it was being played just for me. The music was just one part of the beauty. I loved the way his fingers swiftly moved across the oboe, and the way he swayed to his own sound. But the most adorable part was his face, which I have since named the oboe face - where he purses his lips and puffs up his cheeks. Adorable. Even more adorable because he looks so serious, with brows furrowed and deep concentration. Yet his cheeks are full like a chipmunk trying to contain its nuts. I love it. I never get tired of it. That same day he let me play his oboe - a big deal apparently because he never let's anyone touch it. It made me feel so special. Actually this entire second date made me feel special. I consider it the day I truly fell in love.

We've been together for almost a year now and he still makes me feel special when he plays for me. He made a video of himself playing city of stars - which is now my favorite song. He rented a boat in la seine and brought his oboe to play for me. He plays for me when I have trouble sleeping. I've even started making a Playlist of songs I'd like to hear. The oboe has played (pun intended) a core role in our relationship.

I've heard people have varying opinions on oboeists. So I want to share mine. The oboe is magical, and it's players even more so.

3 Comments
2024/05/20
09:13 UTC

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NEED NAME HELP- Film themed concert

Hi so we have our last concert of the year- and our concert is film themed- Do you hae any name ideas?

21 Comments
2024/05/18
15:44 UTC

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Band equipment on a generator?

Hey all - so we're getting married next year at my fiancé's family property in the mountains. There are no utilities (eek!) so we're having to figure everything off of generators! We intend on hiring a live band and would hate for anything to happen to their equipment. I'm wondering if anyone has insight on what kind of generator we could use, or what capacity. The PA system has an output of around 11,000 watts, but we need to also factor the amps, etc.
We had heard we may need an inverter. If anyone can add any insight into this. Thanks in advance!

6 Comments
2024/05/17
01:34 UTC

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Playing with braces

I play the Bass clarinet in concert band and I just got braces with rubber bands, and I was wondering if anybody else that's a wind instrument player has any tips for trying to play with the rubber bands.

4 Comments
2024/05/15
20:44 UTC

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Rip Current for Large Wind Ensemble

Just finished this piece, I took mild inspiration from Festival Variations with the structure of it. When listening I highly recommend using ear buds or headphones because some of the parts are hard to hear without it(especially the snare part). This piece probably took the most time to finish the piece and is probably my best or top 3 works. Let me know on any feedback for the piece as well. Hope you enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PymFrIXybNtBzUNfFRgFNvhqQQpdGx_R/view?usp=drivesdk - Score

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K-h1zNcfcWjsh4qeBOGJiGCP7qzBR1Aj/view?usp=drivesdk - Audio

0 Comments
2024/05/13
01:51 UTC

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advice for a freshman in wind ensemble?

i auditioned for my school's wind ensemble / honors band, and got in as a freshman percussionist!!! does anyone have advice?

6 Comments
2024/05/11
21:44 UTC

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Highland Castle Echoes for Concert Band - Carl Fischer Publishing

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2024/05/11
04:20 UTC

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Concertino for four solo perc

Hey so my highschool band just performed this piece and i was wondering if anyone had any critics for the percussionists. We’re two freshmen and two sophomores and we just wanna see what could possibly improve. (ignore the winds plz)

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2024/05/11
01:28 UTC

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Play Along Videos

Hi Friends, I'm a beginning band director of 21 years. I would like to create play along videos that play back the sound and have a highlighted measure as it plays back. The highlight would scroll to the next measure. I've seen examples of this on Instagram and YouTube. Is there a software that does this? Do you write in Finale, extract graphics, and then run it through something like Final Cut? My research has been fruitless. I'm probably just not using the right search terms. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

4 Comments
2024/05/10
22:31 UTC

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Any advice on managing a large score library?

Hello! I recently was asked to manage a score library for a local group with a wind ensemble and a jazz band. Currently, there is a room of probably 100-200 full scores (conductors scores + parts). It is roughly organized by arranger, but otherwise they have pretty much no idea what they have. My current plan is just a simple excel spreadsheet. Any other ideas? Thanks in advance!

15 Comments
2024/05/10
01:08 UTC

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My father's 90th birthday approaches

My dad is Andrew Balent, a well known name in music education with over 650 band or small ensemble pieces published in the past 55 years or so (oh, and a ABA Goldman Citation award recipient as well). I'm working on a celebration of his birthday this July and anyone who would like to wish him well I'll be happy to collect and pass them along.

Thanks

5 Comments
2024/05/09
20:31 UTC

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Can anyone identify the first piece for me?

3 Comments
2024/05/09
07:37 UTC

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What’s your favorite band piece(s) (to listen to or to play)?

32 Comments
2024/05/08
23:31 UTC

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The Queen Symphony with >300 musicians & singers on stage!

We performed The Queen Symphony in Concertgebouw Bruges on 17/03.

A composition based on the music of Queen by Tolga Kashif!

Really eclectic symphony in 6 parts.

The sheet music didn't specify 5 oil drums... But we had some creative inguinity... :-)

Check it out:

https://youtu.be/0qVY7Ym_TGk

https://preview.redd.it/gi0gsjwc59zc1.png?width=1280&format=png&auto=webp&s=516137e8a4a049269f747cbd3eb092aebffa030e

1 Comment
2024/05/08
19:16 UTC

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Looking for a better arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner.

Looking for an arrangement that has great harmonies and a bit more awe inspiring than the one we have now. Tia

22 Comments
2024/05/08
16:16 UTC

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Michigan Durand Area High School, go marching railroaders

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meE8o2Y7cj4&t=669s I am a freshmen tuba player for the durand marching railroaders 15 state time champions in the state of michigan,

WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED

  • 1965 Disneyland Holiday National Champions, participating in the 1966 Tournament of Roses Parade

  • Fifteen State Championships in Marching Band (MCBA and earlier)

  • Over fifty Division One ratings at MSBOA festival (Concert and Marching)

  • Performances for Presidents Ford and Clinton during Whistle Stops at Durand

  • Nine BOA Regional Championships (Class A)

  • Countless Division One ratings by students at MSBOA Solo and Ensemble Festival (District and State)

  • A robust, dedicated, passionate alumni base

  • The successful education and life experience of thousands of Durand students

now we used to be a huge band always being near the top our last championship win was 2006 for the mcba

now the video i have listed our spring concert i just would like the video to get seen by people because this band is slowly getting smaller and not taken seriously by the school, i just would like to showcase our playing, all the kids in this video has a large dedication to music with four clarinets and one of them being a bass clarinet, we have 4 trumpets with one senior leaving, we have 4 saxophones with one senior leaving we have 5 trombones 1 oboe 1 flute which is a senior 3 tubas with one being a senior, we have 5 percussions moving around in the performance, we have 1 french horn and 2 euphoniums 1 being a senior.

anways the Durand Marching Railroaders! Go Blue

0 Comments
2024/05/08
12:02 UTC

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Looking for a piece from 12-15 years ago

My high school band performed this song, and I adored it, but I cannot for the life of me remember the title or the composer. What I do remember is some of the backstory we were given for the piece, and a few other details:

An outlaw (maybe) flees a desert city on horseback into the dunes. He stops and meets his lover, they share their bittersweet last moments together, and then he continues his flight as he is pursued into the desert.

The title may have had something to do with Egypt or Arabia specifically. But it’s not Arabian Dances, though we played that too and loved it!

There is a hauntingly beautiful solo—probably intended to be played by an oboe, but we had a trumpet instead. I always thought you could tell it was a love story from the longing in this solo.

For reference, I was in high school from 2006-2010, so it may have been written close to that time frame. If anyone has even a vague suggestion, I’d love to hear it. I’m dying to hear this song again. Thanks!!

3 Comments
2024/05/08
00:09 UTC

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High School Band Directors- Tell me everything you know about performance interviews.

Hello everyone! I'm a newly credentialed teacher currently teaching elementary general music to pay the bills (It's not the worst thing in the world but definitely not the job I want long term), and I have my second round interview for my dream job this Thursday. I passed the standard job interview portion last week, but this week they presumably want me and one other person to come in and watch us teach for a period.

The piece of music in particular is Arabian Dances by Brian Balmages, I've already gotten my hands on a score and am doing some analysis on this for the next couple of nights, but I guess my question is what are they looking for?

If you were on a panel looking for a new high school band director for your high school band program that has seen better days in the past, and the guy already impressed you enough in the first round, what would you be looking for to continue to qualify them for the job, or perhaps disqualify?

I would love to hear anything and everything about experiences with an interview like this, thank you for all the help!

4 Comments
2024/05/07
23:35 UTC

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Can anyone identify this song? My high school concert band played it in 1999.

3 Comments
2024/05/05
20:42 UTC

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HS Concert Black

Is a suit too formal for concert black?? I don’t really like how my other black tops look on me and I don’t want to wear a dress for my band concert tmw….i do however have an all black suit I could wear but I’m scared it might be too formal. Btw there’s at least 3 people in my band that wear a suit too but I feel like it might look weird if a first row clarinet is in a suit too. Im going to try and find a black button up later but just in case I don’t find one I like I might just wear the suit.

9 Comments
2024/05/05
20:19 UTC

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Laufey Medley for Band!

1 Comment
2024/05/05
15:53 UTC

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I just made my school’a top band… I feel awful.

This is more of a rant than asking for any advice. We just got audition results for the 24-25 school year and I made Wind Ensemble! Im so happy, yes, but I feel absolutely horrible at the same time. My “Flute mother”, as I call her, as she was my upperclassman last year (my district is dumb so there are schools for 9-10 and a different school for 11-12) and I love her so much. But when auditions came out, the same flutes were in wind ensemble as last year except for one change. Me. And now this person that I respect and look up to has been bumped down a band. I know I should be proud, but I feel horrible. I know she’s already trying out for drum Major because she didn’t get it last year, and things have just been hard with band for her. I’m also auditioning for drum Major again… and I just… don’t know. It’s hard.

19 Comments
2024/05/04
22:56 UTC

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Tips for our entertainment competition?

Hi, in the fall my band is playing in a yearly competition and we would like to hear some ideas from the creative minds on here. This competition is both a musical and entertainment so we like to try to put on a real show for it. For reference here are some of the previous programs: Kung fu panda (with kung fu fighting whilst walking out) How to train your dragon The pied piper Save the rainforests/ environment Spanish/ latin Scandinavian/ viking

The show has to be around 15 minutes, and my band play pieces mainly from grade 4 - 5. The competition also has a soloist prize so a solo for whatever instrument would be fun.

Does anyone hava any suggestions for either a theme or a piece (or multiple) that we could play? Thanks in advance!

5 Comments
2024/05/03
09:50 UTC

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A Gallant Overture - for Concert Band

0 Comments
2024/05/02
18:52 UTC

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I seriously need advice

Hello! I’m a freshman in high school and I’ve been a flute player for four years. I have a spring concert coming up this weekend and we are playing a piece called “To the Summit!” By Robert W. Smith. I play first flute part and at measure 157 there is a series of 4-5 16th note runs. I’ve been practicing those runs for months and I’ve tried almost every technique there is but I just can’t do it. It doesn’t help that I’ve never been good at 16th note runs either. Some of the other first flutes are struggling as well and I don’t know what to do. Could really use some advice!!

9 Comments
2024/05/02
00:41 UTC

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I didn't get picked to be a representative

every year 2 students from each grade are chosen to be that grades band representatives and I was really hoping to be chosen this year. I guess I should have hidden it a little less because lo and behold, I wasn't chosen, which I know isn't the end of the world, but I worked really hard (guiding my section, giving free lessons to middle schoolers, etc) I feel somewhat deserving. I want to be a part of the meetings and leadership roles but it just isn't working out

5 Comments
2024/05/02
00:38 UTC

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Scales…

I’m going to audition for a pretty big honor band in October and my BD told us that if we were interested we should start practicing now. We don’t have the pieces we’ll play yet but we were told to memorize scales (we started band 2 years ago so we haven’t had to yet) but other than practicing them a bunch what are other ways you guys memorize scales?

EDIT (may 1): the etudes and scales were released today and they also had a fingering chart

19 Comments
2024/04/30
21:11 UTC

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Looking for the name of a piece - I remember the melody but nothing else

Written before 2013. Concert band, probably grade 1.5 - 2.5.

https://voca.ro/1ejHQ9gAPaYI

9 Comments
2024/04/30
18:03 UTC

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