This past Friday I played in a music festival for concert band with the Fountain Valley Wind Ensemble. Festivals are quiet fun because they give us a chance to perform and then receive constructive criticism from one of the judicators that judged our performance. In my eyes, it was a bit disheartening to see nobody in the crowd; although, it’s understandable why they weren’t present because all of the other schools were most likely warming up for their performance. However, this led to our ensemble feeling less nervous and we went on to play a well-performed performance. The festival was fun and it was a good learning experience.

Photo @2013 by stephanie.lafayette [CC BY 2.0]

Photo @2013 by stephanie.lafayette [CC BY 2.0]

The festival was fun because I got to be with all of my friends for about four and a half hours. We had a little bit of downtown time to watch one school perform in a nice air conditioned auditorium. After about an hour, we proceeded to move to our warm-up zone. We only had a certain amount of time to go through parts of our music and we decided to use this time with the percussion section because we don’t get to practice with them very often. After our time was up, we moved to the performance zone and had a pretty good performance. There were a few mishaps, but overall I believe we did well.

After this we moved to the clinic with one of the judges and it was a good learning experience because he told us a lot about how were scored. The main section in scoring is tone quality. He told us that, “if you don’t have good tone then you’re not doing anything right in this world.” He said this because he knew we were focusing a lot on dynamics and bringing out emotional parts of the music rather than focusing on tone. I hope that we can improve on our tone quality before our next festival.

I had a great time at the festival and am looking forward to the next performance we have with all of this new knowledge given to us.



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