The enrichment day went off like a blast. Everyone had fun and we played some great music.
A special thanks to our tutors Julius Hoffstetter, James Harvey, Claire Axman, Rex Carter and of course our Band Director Ben van Kleef.
We played through several favorite songs such as Washington Post, Oom Pah Pah, Procession of the Sardar, as well as a few movie themes and some of our Australian set. All in all we sight-read through around 12-15 pieces, some with more laughter than skill, but by the end of the day they were all sounding pretty good.
The day was broken into sectional rehearsals, where tutors focused on the trickier parts of some of the pieces (though in general for the day everyone’s sight reading was very good!), and group sections with the full band.
The band sounded great. Especially our afternoon group rehearsal. Everyone had sorted out the major bugs and the pieces were sounding very solid. It was particularly nice having a really big bass-section, some of the usual rehearsal scores sounded extra special with the extra oomph.
Finally in the afternoon we all changed into our bright colours and black long pants (despite the heat) and headed up to SCU to perform for the Relay for Life event. Unfortunately there were a few clashes with the MC for the event, however the band handled it quite professionally and we didn’t let it ruin our fun!
We all had an excellent day and are looking forward to possible future repetitions.