The Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches is celebrating its 50th year this season. As part of this "50th celebration", we're going to record the band "professionally" and make a CD. I suppose this means there will be numerous mics on stage throughout the band. We're having a 4-hr rehearsal this Saturday afternoon (different music than is in our folder now). The recording session will be the following Saturday. One of the pieces scheduled is, Holst's "First Suite in E-flat major for Military Band". I would have preferred the second suite, but the first one is good too. I thought for sure we were going to do Shostakovitch's "Festive Overture" since we just played that at our last concert (lots of woodshedden for me and the euph section). It went pretty well according to the audience response and comments afterward.
I asked our director after rehearsal Monday night while having a bite at a local restaurant if "professional recording" meant that they would run it through the computer to clean up intonation issues. Ha ha. I guess that can only be done if each player is on a separate channel in a studio setting.
Each year the band donates its profits to music students and music programs of the Palm Beach County. I understand that to date, the band has donated $230,000!! I haven't been with the band for 50 years (just 10), but think that's pretty good. Sometimes it's a partial college scholarship (students don't have to be music majors but had to have played with us for at least 2 years and have good grades). Other times it could be for a summer music camp. We sent a H.S. percussionist to Interlochen music camp this past summer. He made first chair on mallets too. [you can read about Jamie here:] We also give some money to music programs in the local schools... which help them with the purchase of new music, instrument repairs, etc. Don't know about other states, but the 'arts' in Florida is always the first thing to be cut when there's a budget shortfall.
Anyone else ever done a live recording?