Wednesday, April 8, 2009

WOW!! I think I've Got This Video Thing Figured Out!!

With a lot of help from my good friends, Helen (in Australia) and Cindy (who lives here, close to me!!) I've FINALLY figured out how to post a video here!! Many thanks, ladies!! This wouldn't have happened without your help!!!!

Here is the Montrose Community Band during our performance on Sunday, playing the theme music to the movie "The Cowboys"! Seemed right to post something with a western theme living on the western slope of Colorado! It was the only piece that Dusty taped completely, mostly because it was fairly short. It's not quite like being there, but it gives you an idea of how we sounded. I'm doing this through YouTube, and the quality is not as good as the original, but beggers can't be choosers!! I hope you'll enjoy it!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

It's Time for Music!

The long awaited day had arrived! Yesterday was my first concert with the Montrose Community Band! Were we ready? Well, I guess musicians never feel really ready....there can always be one more practice! But we went out there and performed a pretty darn good concert!

Yes, there were those "klunker" notes, but they were few and far between and after all, none of us are professionals!!
Most important, I think everyone had fun and were proud of the results!

Here I am at home, as we headed out the door to the Montrose Pavilion where we were going to perform!

And James was pretty excited too!! After weeks of going to rehersals with me every Monday night, he was going to hear it "all come together"!! He had also been given the job of handing out programs and greeting people as they entered the auditorium. You can bet that he took that seriously!!

Dusty took 112 pictures before and during the concert, as well as 16+ minutes of video. When I'm able to figure out how to post a video clip here I will do so in the next few days! I have the perfect one.....I'm just too dumb right now to figure out how to do it!!! Anyway, I was very proud of the job that Dusty did with the camera! He not only negotiated the darkness of the auditorium and the sound issues (gee, maybe you'll get to experience that on the video!!?!!???), but he had to navigate the many heads in front of him! The zoom on the camera also got a workout, as all the pictures were taken from his seat, many rows back!! Outstanding!! Many thanks, honey, for doing such a great job and giving me so many great pictures to pick from!

Here I am, during our short rehersal, before the performance.....just working out the rough spots!!

And he caught this one of me looking up at Toby, our director, as he was talking to us. I usually don't like pictures of myself, but this one's okay! Not one to post pictures of myself on this blog, this is probably as much as you'll see of me in the next 6 months. I think I'll go now, and hide back behind my camera!!! See ya!!

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And a few more pictures.......

Here is a picture of the entire Montrose Community Band on stage for yesterday's performance. There were 38 of us there yesterday.

Here's our band director, Toby King. He stepped off the podium to do a sax solo for "Catch Me If You Can". It's a jazz piece and rather difficult. Not my favorite kind of music, but we pulled it off pretty well!

This is my sister-in-law, Vonnie, with her alto sax!!

Along with playing in the band, Vonnie is also a member of a sax group that is made up of others also in the band. They played three pieces during yesterday's concert as well. Here she is playing that music......I love that Dusty caught her daughter, Katie, peering at her through the music stands!!
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It's Party Time!

After the band concert, Dusty's sisters family (us included!) had planned a small surprise birthday party for her. Her 50th birthday was Friday, and we figured that the best time to celebrate was after the concert! We had the party at a lovely, new assisted living facility where Vonnie's daughter, Katie works. Vonnie was very surprised!! Besides family and friends, several band members dropped by and it was a fun couple of hours!!

Here is Vonnie with her husband, John and their daughter, Katie.

The 1st clarinetist from the band joined us. Holly is an accomplished musician and is so much fun for me to watch and listen to during our practices. I "get to" sit next to her and really enjoy it. It was a pleasure to have the chance to spend some time with her away from the band yesterday, to visit and get to know her better!

And one more family's Vonnie with her big brother, Dusty, (yes, that's my hubby!) and two of her children, Ryan and Katie.
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