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LCM Winds

I took over this group in September 2005 having been invited to take over the group by John Anderson. John conducts the Symphony Orchestra and Brass Group at the college and he is very keen to see the whole institution go from strength to strength. There is a buzz about the place since the new building came into use and I have to say that facilities are good. The Venue is a terrific space with good acoustics and a pleasant, comfortable auditorium. Although the band has some gaps in the line up, the students are keen and attentive, playing better each week.

The students are well taught, industrious and sociable and I hope that the future will bring in more young players, especially horns, tubas and more trombones. I treat the session as an ensemble skills class and I am careful to explain the techniques I am using, in terms of conducting and rehearsing. I also go into the composition techniques used in the music we play, as well as issues of scoring and harmony.

Talking to the performance studies team has given me the confidence that things are really about to take off at LCM and I am glad to be involved.

Update:

On the 3rd May 2006 the group performed a twilight concert in The Venue at LCM. The students performed very well and I was very pleased with the concert. Due to the time of day, the concert was not well attended, nevertheless the players worked very hard to perform the music as I had intended and they deserve great credit for the performance.

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