Last week we had our last quintet recital with this year’s group. After performing it and listening to the recording a bunch, I feel I can say that it stands as a benchmark for the work that I’ve put in over this past year.
There’s much more that I want to share recording-wise. Feel free to listen if you’re interested. The program consisted of a wide variety of styles. This piece here is in the baroque style, and was arranged for brass quintet. The melody gets passed from instrument to instrument throughout.
My first year of graduate school is now coming to a close. I could have never expected what my life was going to look like down here in Athens, GA. The professor I came down to study with passed away a month after I got here; I rehearsed with the Bulldog Brass Quintet from 9am-11am five days a week (what!?); played principal trumpet in the UGA Wind Ensemble (a group that is fast becoming one of the best in the country); I joined couple of bands outside of school: a mellow indie rock band, a New Orleans-style brass band, and performed with several others.
Never before have I played as much trumpet as I have this year; never thought I would pursue performance. Every day is a challenge. Consistency is an ever-elusive goal. Every day there’s another weakness to attack, another problem to solve. While all that can be overwhelming, it’s been pretty great to be able to check tumblr and get encouraged and inspired by people that are infinitely curious, creative, hard-working, doing what they love and making it work. So thanks.
I look at my time here as an incubation period; an all-out immersion into the study of music and the trumpet. You better watch out when I get out of here!
Go outside and look at the sky. It’s huge and fuckin awesome.