So here we are again at the end of one year and the start of another. I can’t help looking back at 2019 and reflecting on what I accomplished this year. 2019 was a year of transition for me and my family and trying to adjust to a new home thousands of miles away from […]
Finally I have a bit of time and I thought I would post about my Navy Band audition nearly three (!) months ago. If you don’t feel like reading a lot today, here’s is the long story short…I felt extremely prepared, and I probably played the best I’ve ever played in an audition for a […]
Phase 2 is complete! Wow, the last four weeks certainly went by fast. In fact, it feels like I just started this whole process just the other day, but it was 8 weeks ago! Anyway, back then I really wasn’t sure what I would focus on in “phase 3”, other than a two week “taper”. […]
So lets see…its been almost three years since I’ve taken any kind of audition. Wow that’s crazy! Time has flown by since I’ve been in the Navy. Tomorrow I’m headed to Washington, D.C. once again to be one of the probably hundred clarinetists to take the President’s Own audition. This time is going to be quite […]
Last week I had the pleasure of traveling to Chicago and attending the Midwest Clinic to play a concert with the Virginia Wind Symphony. I have never been to the conference, and playing there was on my bucket list, for sure. The conference is mostly geared towards the music educator/band director type, which I am […]
Blue shades solo…or not.
This summer, part of the repertoire that we are playing in the wind ensemble concerts at the navy band is Ticheli’s Blue Shades. Most band people are probably familiar with it, and even more clarinetists know of the notorious full page solo near the end. I was browsing Youtube this morning and I found this […]
Exciting musical things are happening in my life! For the first time in a long time, I feel totally motivated about music and performing…hope it lasts! The first big thing is that I have the opportunity to play Mendelssohn’s Concertpiece No. 2 with the Fleet Forces Wind Ensemble this summer! I’m playing with another clarinetist […]
Pathway to normalcy
Wow I can’t believe its been almost a month since my last blog post! Time has been absolutely flying by. I’ve been so busy this month, I’ve hardly had time to do anything! The best thing that’s happened since the last time I wrote was that Ben moved here to Norfolk and I moved off […]
Natural disaster week!
Apparently in Virginia it was national disasters week because not only did we have a hurricane over the weekend, we also had an earthquake earlier in the week! We also woke up to yucky smoke on Thursday morning from a wildfire that was burning south of us. It truly looked apocalyptic!! The earthquake was the […]