We were also able to bring in guest conductors for two of our bands. These wonderful individuals shared their thoughts and experiences with the bands as a whole, guiding them through the early learning phases of our LGPE literature. The beautiful thing about music is that there is no "right" or "wrong" interpretation of a work. By gaining the insight of different conductors, we can then choose from a variety of options to make the performance truly "our own" as we combine and modify ideas from different sources.
In addition to learning about music, the students learn valuable lessons about life. Mr. Bimm, while working with the Wind Symphony, shared his philosophy of creating success over a 41 year career at one of the premier high school band programs in the country. He said that after every significant rehearsal or performance, his group asks and answers the following questions:
1. If I could do that again, what one thing would I improve immediately?
2. What is one thing that I had done well before that I missed?
3. If I had only 10-15 minutes to practice, what could I improve?
4. If I had several weeks to practice, what would be better by the end of that time?
As you can see, these questions can apply not only to music, but to many other aspects of life! If applied to academics, a job, or a variety of other situations, these questions would move you closer to success and on to higher achievement. What a profound lesson!
Many thanks to the students for giving their time to be at these rehearsals. Thanks to the parents for shuffling schedules and getting your students here. Thanks to those who assisted during the Symphonic Camp experiences as chaperones or coordinators. Special thanks to those wonderful musicians who shared their time and talents with our students. We are better because you care!