COVID-19, Community Band, Ideas for Us?



  • My community band is doing its best to keep us all together virtually. I received an email today encouraging us to reply and provide updates to the group about how we each are doing. A married couple that are both members have a good handle on home recording technology. They put together a multi-track recording of one of the Star Wars tunes that was quite good. I do not see myself doing anything similar, given my poor grasp of recording technology, but I may be motivated enough to dig out my Yeti Blue USB mic and record some of what I have been practicing during these trying times on my laptop.

    Jim


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    A community orchestra I play in holds a Salon each Sunday evening. Tonight I will be talking about the development of, and playing a short excerpt that I learned with Nassim Maalouf, my quarter tone trumpet.

    Also I have been posting daily tunes for people to play with the idea of sending their music to some other, be it parent, child, or any significant other. Today's was the 47th piece. Anyone wanting to join in can either email me to get on the list or check the daily posting on the Trumpet4Fun facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/Trumpet4Fun/



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  • @Comeback
    Hey, Jim, recording yourself is always a worthwhile thing to do. How you sound from behind the bell, compared to how you sound from in front of the bell can be very eye--oops, I should say ear-opening.
    I also send recordings of myself playing to my sons, brother and sister, plus a few bandmates and they love to hear from me that way.



  • @GeorgeB said in COVID-19, Community Band, Ideas for Us?:
    Hey, Jim, recording yourself is always a worthwhile thing to do. How you sound from behind the bell, compared to how you sound from in front of the bell can be very eye..opening.

    An aside: I recorded myself, one night, playing one of Mozart's Horn Concertos (MM1). Didn't play Horn for several years after the playback.


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    If you are into Mozart Horn Concertos you might me interested in this (a page out of my upcoming book 300+ Melodies)Mozart Horn Rondo.jpg ![0_1588695700006_Mozart Horn Rondo.tif](Uploading 100%)



  • @Kehaulani
    Yeah, I recall you saying that sometime back on TM when we were discussing recording. And I get it. Sometimes I sound pretty bad and wonder what the hell I'm doiung playing the trumpet...☺



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    Thanks, Ivan.



  • @GeorgeB said in COVID-19, Community Band, Ideas for Us?:
    @Kehaulani
    Yeah, I recall you saying that sometime back on TM when we were discussing recording. And I get it. Sometimes I sound pretty bad and wonder what the hell I'm doing playing the trumpet.

    I have to admit that I was juiced at the time but the fact remains, I thought I sounded much better than I actually did and that experience, regardless of the circumstances, reinforces the basic concept.



  • Got an email from my community band this week. The plan is for us to start rehearsing early in July and have two summer concerts, one in August and one in September. Lots of questions must be answered as we go forward. How will our members, many of whom are of an age of concern (like me) or have underlying health conditions, respond? How will we maintain social distancing in our rehearsal hall? Will we have to disinfect everything we touch, or will we need to bring our own chairs and stands? What will be the response of our fan base, many of whom are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19? My state is moving forward with carefully staged reopening, but it is still not clear that we have the COVID-19 problem under control.

    Jim



  • @Comeback
    I am on the doorstep to turning 84 and those same concerns are running through my thoughts , too, Jim. I don't want to say I won't go back to the band, but I am just not so sure right now.



  • No reliable and widely available therapeutic, no vaccine, increasing number of cases in many areas, really, what has changed is that folks are tired of being cooped up and many younger folks really need to get back to work! My state is letting groups of 25 persons or less get together now. Our band can number as many as 100. I do not even know if we will be allowed to meet by early July. And, like you George, I am just not so sure right now if I will participate.

    Jim


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