Been a while since I posted, but I’m still alive- seems like I have been preparing for one festival, concert, performance, etc. after another! Non-stop as I’m sure the band directors in the crowd can attest. My wife has also been sick, and we are dealing with tests, etc. but enough about me…
I recently got a grant for $5,600 to upgrade our keyboard lab- (subject of a future post) and integrate my “alternative” class with silent brass, line 6 pocket pods, Alesis digital drums, and a cool midi controller that doubles as an electronic drum as well. I have been working on this for almost 3 months, and Thursday the silent brass came in- I got 2 trumpet sets, a french horn set, baritone, trombone, and tuba along with a mixer board to tie them all together. When I get it all up and running, I’ll be able to have the class interact without an overwhelming amount of sound in the room. There is a bit too much to tell here in this short post , so I will post photos/video of the whole system when it is installed.
I also plan to post about the results of the “alternative music” gig- what an experience! Good and bad, we sure learned a lot about what it takes to put a performance together!
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