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Not exactly the music of the spheres

I finally got to play DW music in concert!

No, it wasn't as awesome as it sounds.

To be honest, I'm not sure why we performed the DW medley last night. Our concert band - which is for adults who want to learn to play an instrument or pick music back up after having last played in high school - is probably middle-school level in ability, and one of the things we do is play concerts at retirement homes in the area. That was the concert last night. We haven't rehearsed the DW medley very much and the soloists that play for a couple of the excerpts can't play their parts yet, so I have no idea why our director included it in the play list. It's not like anyone in the audience had ever heard of the show. And the playlist was really long - ten pieces, when we usually only play seven - so we really could have used one less piece, especially one this long.

The medley has the following pieces in order:

Doctor Who Theme (Eleventh Doctor's version)
Martha's Theme
The Dark and Endless Dalek Night
Rose's Theme
The Cybermen
The Doctor's Theme
DW Theme reprise

(The arrangement actually has "I Am the Doctor" as the finale after "The Doctor's Theme", but our band is not good enough to handle the complex rhythms in the 4/4 - 3/4 section, so we replaced it with replaying the main theme.)

We actually did pretty well for a while. The saxophonist who does the solo for Martha's Theme finally nailed it, too. We got all the way through "Rose's Theme", which is andante in 3/4, and... Our director completely missed the transition into "The Cybermen", which is allegro in 4/4. So there he is beating in a slow three while the band is trying to accelerate to a fast four. It was a disaster. Luckily, the flautist who plays the solo for "The Doctor's Theme" took charge and, while he didn't play it perfectly, he brought the band back together and we played the rest fine (except the percussionists who missed the transition back to the main theme, but the rest of the band ignored them and entered at the right time to take the song through).

What a mess.

But it was still awesome playing DW music. And honestly, that's the fun of live music - we make mistakes and correct them, and make music and memories. We'll have it ready for the June concert, which is our main concert. And I'll be in my Fifth Doctor costume, too. :D



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 12th, 2018 09:38 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned the obvious fact that you’re both brilliant and awesome recently?
Apr. 13th, 2018 05:17 am (UTC)
Why, thank you! :D
Apr. 13th, 2018 07:44 pm (UTC)
Argh! I'm sorry this went rather messily, but honestly, this is still very awesome in its own right.

Also, Fifth Doctor costume!!! :D
Apr. 14th, 2018 06:21 pm (UTC)
It was absolutely awesome and a lot of fun, even with the mistakes. We'll get it next time! :D
Apr. 15th, 2018 09:34 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had fun, and it's the most important thing, not perfection. What instrument do you play?
Apr. 15th, 2018 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was a blast, and I am so looking forward to our June concert, when we'll do it right. :)

That's a bit of a complicated question to answer. I love to dabble, so for this band I play French horn right now, though not well. What I'm actually good at is clarinet. I also play, at various times for this band and for other bands, saxophone, trombone, and percussion. People ask why I don't concentrate on one instrument, and I say that rather than be good at one instrument, I prefer being poor at all of them. :D
Apr. 16th, 2018 03:33 am (UTC)
The ability to even make the effort is beyond what I can manage. So my hat is off to you! *applauds*
Apr. 16th, 2018 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Signing up for band in middle school was probably the best thing I've ever done, because I do so love it.

If you are interested in learning music in a concert band setting, I highly recommend the New Horizons Band. It's an international organization with bands in over 200 locations in the US, so there's probably a local group near you. They take musicians of all levels and offer free individualized lessons on your instrument of choice. We have about five people in our band who never played an instrument before they joined up.
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