Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Time for Music

For years, Dusty and his sister, Vonnie, have been after me to join the Montrose Community Band. I played the flute in elementary school, Jr. High School and a little in High School, but haven't done anything with it since. My Dad used to tease me, saying he was going to get me an attachment so that I could do the drapes, because when I played early on it sounded more like a vacuum cleaner than a musical instrument. Presumably, I did improve with time, though I was never top-notch!

Having not done anything musical or with "organized music" in more than 34 years, I was more than hesitant to join this band. But with the family's insistance, I finally broke down. And so that's where you'll find us on Monday evenings! The band practices every Monday night at Montrose High School, which coincidentally is where Dusty is an evening custodian! James goes to practice with me and gets to sit right there in the middle of the band, as we practice. He LOVES it and sits so quiet and still for the two hours that I certainly don't recognize him as my child!! It has become one of his favorite parts of the week, and if only for that reason the experience is worth it!! He is working on drawing pictures of each of the instruments as he sits and listens to us practice, and what he comes up with amazes me! He is quickly learning and can identify the different sounds from each instrument. All of this he would never get from school in 2nd grade, so I'm glad to be able to give him the experience.

I started at a good time, music-wise. The band does several concerts a year and when I joined, just after the holidays, they started learning a new set of music. This next concert (April 5) will be entitled, "Montrose Does the Movies" and all the pieces we are doing are movie showtunes. We are doing "Pirates of the Carribean", "Star Wars", "The Incredibles", A James Bond Medley, A John Williams Medley, "Hymn to the Fallen" (from Private Ryan), "Catch Me If You Can", "The Wizard of Oz", "Jesus Christ Super Star" and some others! Quite a line up for someone how hasn't played in 34 years!! Yikes!!

My sister-in-law, Vonnie, plays the alto sax and her daughter (my niece), Katie, plays the flute and sits next to me, giving me moral support. And so it goes! If you're sitting around on a Monday evening, toss a positive thought in my direction please, as I will be, no doubt, struggling with a measure or two at that very moment!!!

7 comments:

Melissa S said...

ooo I think that is fabulous that you are doing something for YOU! That sounds like a lot of fun actually...music is so important to children too..and you are right...James would never be able to experience music like he is by sitting in a music class in second grade!

paula said...

I am so impressed! What a brave thing for you to do...I don't think I could pick up my clarinet again. :)

Helen said...

what a fabulous story and venture. Good for you! I feel it would be a wonderful thing to be a part of. Fabulous to hear about James as well.

Wendy said...

Oh Lenore I will be praying for you!! I am so proud as you have left your comfort zone and are trying something new!! Good for YOU!! I was stunned by all the music they are learning to play, Wow!! So glad James is loving it and learning too!! Wish I could go to the concert in April!! I am sure it will be spectacular!!

Joe, Jen, Juliana, JT and Jack said...

Oh fun...good for you!
Ya know, we could get Jules down there playing the piano and soon our family will have it's own little band! LOL! What a great way to include James! Exposing him to many options of the arts is great!!!

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maz111 said...

Way to go Lenore! You really are special my girl! I'm not sure I would be as brave as you, but this sounds so much fun and such a wonderful experience to be in a band after all this time. You go rock them girl!!!!!