Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Music to smile about


We made a big sound. It was wonderful.

So. You’ve all probably been wondering how the concert went. Last week I wrote about practicing for it, my worry about a couple of the pieces. Maybe you worried that because I hadn’t written it hadn’t been successful. But that would not be true. The truth is this has been an amazingly busy week for me, something major going on every single day, and I just haven’t had time to tell you all about it.

Katie, of course, got to tell you about our trip up to Midland for her Rally trial on Friday. She’s not particularly patient and wouldn’t wait in line for her turn at the blog. What can I say. She’s a princess.

But now that it’s taken me days to write about Wednesday’s concert I can include the other concert we did on Saturday too. Each was a totally different experience, but both were fun.

I was nervous about Wednesday’s concert, not sure about the piece Pastime, a Salute to Baseball by Jack Stamp. I was worried about a few measures in other pieces too. But I’d practiced, so I figured I was as prepared as I could be. And of course nothing sounds exactly the same when you’re playing on an unfamiliar stage. Turns out I shouldn’t have worried, the music was played as well as we’ve ever played it. And Pastime went a lot better than I expected it to go; we even all ended at the same time, a good goal to have in any complicated piece of music.

I don’t know why I don’t learn this lesson. We can have a tough rehearsal and still pull off a good performance. Most of the time anyway. I think the audience enjoyed the concert and we had fun playing it. I went home humming the music while being glad another event was checked off my to do list.

Saturday morning a subset of the band played in a local farmer’s market. We played a bunch of patriotic music, some showtunes, and a few pieces from our Wednesday night concert. It was a blast. No matter that a heat wave struck that day and we were playing in full sun while seated in a parking lot. No matter that we played for almost three hours. We played fun stuff and pretty stuff. Stuff that made shoppers stop and smile and ask about who we were. Maybe we recruited a few people for next season, I hope so!

That’s me over on the far left in the big hat.

Thursday, while I was having a cracked tooth repaired, my dentist mentioned his wife used to play flute and she wanted to get back at it. Through gauze and novocaine I encouraged him to tell her about a community band I used to play with near his home, one that didn’t require auditions and was welcoming to new members. I hope she checks them out. I can’t say it enough. If you used to play and you miss it, quit making excuses. Dust off the instrument and go find a group. You won’t regret it.

On Saturday we got copies of the concert CD from Wednesday’s performance. I played it on the way home from the farmer’s market and guess what. I didn’t hate the baseball piece.

Actually it kind of made me smile.

A one and a two…

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

11 thoughts on “Music to smile about

  1. wow 3 hours!! Sounds like a wonderful and rewarding day. Nothing like music!


  2. What instrument do you play? I sing in the church choir and in a choral. The choral is having two performances this month!


  3. I am happy both concerts went well! Hope you recruit the dentist’s wife! I see you in your hat! Cool to have a CD of the concert.


  4. This really makes me want to play in a real band again, Dawn. It’s probably too late for me to join one here now, but maybe next year — I’m going to need that much time to get back to performance standards, ha!


    • You don’t have to be in performance shape. That’s why you rehearse before your first concert! Maybe just play a few times this summer. Also, do you have a band in mind? Check out their FB page, or their website. They might play over the summer, and if they do, they will need players as many people travel and don’t play the summer season.

      I really hope you do give it a shot again. I think you’ll find it’s a soul renewal thing. Plus it’s a heck of a lot of fun! And you’ll make new friends too. Win, win, win.

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      • We have a community band about 15 miles from my hometown. They advertise they accept players from high school on up. Since it’s a college town, I expect they have many music majors and folks learning a secondary instrument. We used to have a community band here, but somewhere along the line, it disbanded. Sad. Probably too many folks like me who wanted to join but were afraid their skills wouldn’t be sufficient.

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