Take a deep breath… Exhale! It has been quite a time for me lately. The semester at the University of Miami came screaming to a close. I worked every day over the last two weeks of the semester, and only had one night at home to lick my wounds. During that time I had 4 student recitals and a solo performance of my own over a 4 day period. Can you say frantic? I knew you could (written in classic “Mr. Rogers”).
For my performance with the band, I played Excursions by Bruce Broughton. This proved to be an effective choice, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something to play with a band. This piece doesn’t have the sophistication of a piece like the Jolivet Concerto No. 2, but it works very well compared to other pieces for trumpet and large band. Plus, it isn’t nearly as difficult for the ensemble or soloist.
Once the semester finished in the first week of May, it was time to do some serious catching up with my responsibilities outside of work. The good news is I am now looking at 4 months of time to devote to whatever I see fit. Yeah, teaching in College is not half bad.
I look forward to a return to normalcy, and to resuming regular posts on this blog.