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Wednesday, 12/9/09

posted Dec 9, 2009, 9:55 PM by Christopher Bill   [ updated Jan 17, 2010, 5:44 PM ]
So its been a little over 4 months since my first post. Today was a snow day and I'm very well rested to say the least. This past weekend was the NYSSMA Conference All-State Festival in Rochester. Interestingly enough it was in exactly the same place as my previous blog entry. The experience I had in the 4 days ranks 2.. but it's a tie. My top 5 would be...

5- DMA (summer after freshman year) 
4- Brigadiers (summer after sophomore year) 
2- AMA (summer after junior year) 
2- All-State (winter of sexnior year)
1- Italian Exchange (spring of junior year)

DMA lasted 1 week and I met lots of people. I stay in contact with some of them, but the friendships died after a couple weeks. Brigadiers lasted 6 months and I stay in contact with quite a few of the people I met.. but none of my experience there was overwhelming.. just really beneficial. AMA- I was with 87 people for 3 weeks and could probably list the names of about 75 of them. This was pretty recent, but almost every single one of the people I met are pretty close and I don't see that changing. Italian Exchange- got really close to a dozen kids from my school in an almost cult-like manner. I met a whole bunch of Italian students and learned more in 3 weeks than I have my whole life. As far as All-State goes.. I really would have liked for it to last longer. It was 4 days and a lot of new people. I bonded with a group of kids from my area and met a handful of new people, but I wish we could have socialized more. Instead, we practiced, had a concert, and left. Facebook is a wonderful thing.

I saw the Vienna Boys Choir perform this evening. It was exactly what I could have expected.. but didn't. The entire time I just wanted to get up on stage and fill out some chords with my low bass voice. Needless to say that never actually happened. Interesting none-the-less.

Tomorrow I'm getting a lesson with my hopefully to-be-trombone professor. Should be beneficial. I'm pretty excited for it.. I hope I'm prepared.

Until next time,