Change Is Hard

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The last night of music

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We played the last concert of our regular season last night, though there will be an outdoor performance June 29th when we open for the main act in a summer concert downtown.

I was worried about this one. I’d missed the first three or four rehearsals while I was still in Alabama, and I missed the last rehearsal because I was in Washington DC. I tried to practice enough to make up for missing so much of the work, but there’s only so much I could figure out on my own.

It turns out, for me anyway, the concert went just fine. Sure I skipped a few measures, but for the most part I kept up and at least knew where I was. Trust me, that can be key!

And anyway, the night was more about saying goodbye to our seniors. We are lucky enough to have several students from the local high school play with us each year. Many of them play with us through all four years of high school.

We get sort of attached to them. We’ve watched them grow up from shy freshmen to confident almost adults. And we’ve benefited from their enormous talent.

And then comes the end of May and it’s time to say goodbye to another crop of seniors. They come up to the front of the stage and tell us and the audience what they’re going to do next, be it school or the Armed Services, or internships, or family businesses. Whatever it is that they’ve chosen we’re always happy for them, but sad for us, because this will be our last concert together.

This year we also had the privilege of a college senior playing with us. She just graduated from Central with her degree in music education and she’s going to be the music director at a town several miles northeast of here. She’s a talented sax player and has made us sound pretty great on more than one piece.

Last night she directed the band in a piece of music she chose for us. And as I watched as she led us through to the magnificent and joyous ending I noticed her smile, almost a grin. Her face lit up, she was having so much fun leading the music. Just imagine the joy and wonder she’ll provide to an impressionable young group of middle and high school kids.

I hope we did her and all the other seniors proud last night, and all season, and I wish them much success in the next chapter of their lives. I can’t imagine it not going well for each of them; they are all so very talented and genuinely nice people.

And if we’re lucky maybe they’ll stop back someday, play with our group again at a rehearsal or a concert. Or just update us on what’s new in their lives. We’d be glad to have them, after all, they are and always will be part of our family.

I received a lovely rose at the end of the concert, a token of appreciation from our director to me and many others who have played with the group a long time. This morning it’s fully open and just beautiful.

Sort of like summer, opening up before me, full of possibilities.

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.

9 thoughts on “The last night of music

  1. Dawn–I loved reading this. Especially the part where ‘Her face lit up, she was having so much fun leading the music. ‘ Yes, I agree with you. She will be a wonderful music director.

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  2. Love this Dawn! So wonderful

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  3. Music, and music education, are so vitally important. What a thrill to experience it as you do. Makes me smile. 🙂

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    • And yet when budgets are tight music is often the first program to go. I think it is as important as sports. Kids with a different bent learn the same things in music as they do in sports. Discipline, work ethic, time management. Plus they have a skill they can use forever. I’m very lucky to still have a way to play together with other musicians. I’ve often said that as wonderful as it is to listen to live music it’s even more wonderful to play it.

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  4. I got tears in my eyes over this one, Dawn — what a lovely tribute to the friendships we make through playing music together! Our Community Band’s first concert of the summer season is TONIGHT! I’m beyond excited! Like you, I can’t hit all those notes — after only two rehearsals, I’m rather pleased I can catch as many as I do. But we’ve got so many talented musicians that I predict we’ll sound good anyway. Wish us luck!

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    • Oh how exciting! Have FUN! It will be wonderful! I hope you tell us all about it! Wish I was closer, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Or a down beat.

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      • Thanks for your encouragement, Dawn! I think I’m going to be surprised at how well we sound — there are so many GOOD players in my area. We’re from high school up to retired folks, so quite a lot of variety.

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