Monday, May 26, 2014

Band Camp Is Coming

     The school year is winding down, but the sound of  the drumline and other marching band instrument sections will soon be heard this summer during Band Camp practices at many high schools across the nation.
     When my kids went to band camp, they rehearsed for two weeks straight in August but many schools hold regular practices throughout the summer each week.  August here is hot and humid so band camp was usually held in the morning and evening with a break in the afternoon.
     I really enjoyed sitting in the car listening to the band while waiting for rehearsals to finish up in the evenings.  If you ever want to get a rush of adrenaline, go watch or listen to your local school band this summer.  They will make you feel young again!
     My son designed this band camp drill chart shirt in remembrance of his days playing the trumpet in his band here in Pennsylvania:
Funny Band Camp Drill Chart Shirt
band camp shirt

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Band Camp Is happening

Band Camp is in full swing for many high schools, as the beginning of another school year approaches.  Give your hard working section leaders, band parents and drum major a thank you gift from Milestones Music.

    Awesome Drum Major Tote Bag

  Awesome Drum Major Tote Bag

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Oh What Do You Do In The Summertime, musicians?

Just curious, what do you do in the summertime to keep up with your music?  Some musicians are in marching band and have band camp throughout the summer, but for other musicians it can be a time inbetween school concerts and lessons with less structure than usual.  So what do you do to stay in tune?  Do you keep up with a daily practice schedule, add extra hours to hone your skills, or ease off a little.  Summer can provide a great time to try out new music you might not have time to tackle during the school year.  It's also a perfect time to kick back and watch video performances of great musicians.  Check out netflix or amazon prime to see what performances are available for viewing.  Here's another idea: make a music video or two with some friends, start your own youtube music video channel, and enjoy those extra long summer days filled with music and fun. 
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

School Is Winding Down

Every year in May, school music concerts are ramping up ans the school year is winding down.  I can remember having a packed calendar of orchestra, choir, band and youth symphony concerts all at different schools or locales.  Sometimes my husband and I would have to split forces just to cover all the bases.  At the time it seemed overly busy and while I enjoyed the concerts, I was always relieved when May was finally over. 
But now that our years of student musicians are behind us, I really miss those concerts.  Even the off-tune instruments, the occasional oops, we'd better start that piece over occurrences, all have a fond place in my heart.
So here's to school musicians, and especially to their orchestra conductors, band directors, choir teachers and accompanists.  Enjoy your May concerts and best wishes for continued success with your musical endeavors!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Drill Charts

Most of my kids performed in high school and college marching band groups. This meant weeks of rehearsals learning the music and especially perfecting the intricate ins and outs, twists and turns mandated by the Drill Charts. I remember looking at their charts and wondering what all those little notations meant! I was glad it was them and not me that had to figure out where to stand to play and when to move quickly to a new position on the football field. Drill charts are not for the faint of heart! The next time you go to a football game, take time to watch the band and try to visualize how much work it has taken for them to look so good as they enthusiastically support the team with their rousing music, all performed while the players weave their way across the field in fun formations. Here is my son's Drill Chart design, in honor of his days in Marching Band. marching band drill chart tshirt

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Former Flute Player

When I was a girl I played the flute. It was one of the more popular choices for girls back then. I really wanted to play the drums, but NO girl at our school did percussion. We rented at first, then my Dad bought the flute for me. And of course I quit playing as soon as it was purchased because it was a choice of chorus or band in middle school, no room in the schedule for both, and I love to sing.
So my sister inherited my flute. She played longer than I did, and my Dad traded it in for a nice silver flute instead of the student model I started on. I wish I could say that I love flute music, but it really isn't my favorite instrument anymore. The French horn is. But I wish all the flute players out there the very best!
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