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Strike Up the BandPosted Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 1:08 PM
It's been a bit of an adjustment from playing in a college wind ensemble, where the music seems to get increasingly more difficult with each new concert lineup and the focus is on preparing players to become professionals. But it's a bit of a nice adjustment as well. I can just play the oboe and/or the English horn, enjoy the sounds being made around me and remember why I started band in the first place, all without feeling too stressed or pressured.
Last Sunday, however, was a bit of a nervous day for all the Marshall Municipal Band members. We went to the Lake of the Ozarks and played a concert for the Missouri Bandmasters Association conference. This is an annual convention, and band instructors of all levels come from across the state to attend.
I saw a few former classmates, now band directors, in our audience, along with two of my former college instructors, which made me more than a little anxious. I was also nervous about the audience's judgment of our small-town ensemble with players of all ages and playing abilities.
Despite my worries, the band's performance was quite good, and the audience gave us a scattered standing ovation at the end of the concert. I felt good about my own playing as well, even though I'd missed several rehearsals because of work conflicts.
Although it was a long day, the trip was fun, another stop along the musical journey of my life. And, it's nice to know that when camaraderie and a shared love of music are emphasized, rather than the constant striving for perfection, a wonderful performance can still take place and be enjoyed by so many.
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Sydney is a former staff writer for the Democrat-News. She received degrees from University of Missouri in both music and magazine journalism. She played oboe with the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra and the Marshall Municipal Band while she was in Marshall.