Being 15 and playing your heart out in Carnegie Hall on a once in a lifetime trip to New York City. I could not fully appreciate it as a 15 year old kid, but I can now. We played 3 songs, each about 8-9 minutes long. They were beautiful and difficult, yet rewarding to learn and conquer. I mean, just imagine practicing and rehearsing in the same rooms as some of the greatest performers of all time. And then actually performing on the very same stage. It is just too much. Honestly.
I really cherish the years I was in the music program. Not only did it teach me about music and develop certain parts of my brain, but it taught me a lot about hard work and dedication. Being part of a huge team and doing what you had to do to make all the parts work as a whole. I paid for every single red cent of every trip I ever took. Do you know how many houses I had to clean and kids I had to babysit to do that? Of course that was in between school, church and after school practices (which equated to at least 7 hours a week, at a minimum.) I learned so much about things a lot of other people don’t get the opportunity to. And I really loved doing it. I still maintain that the best teacher OF ALL TIME was my middle school band teacher, Jeff Adams. I could really go on and on about all of this, but I am going to just go ahead and post the clip of one of our songs at Carnegie Hall.
Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral. One of the most moving songs you will ever hear. Seriously, I cry every time I hear it. And it is not because I am reliving that wonderful time in my head. The actual music is so moving. My favorite part starts around 5:45. Love.
This was our Assistant Band Director (who also taught my older brother when he was in Junior High, oddly enough.) This happened to be one of her favorite songs to. Can you imagine conducting one of your favorite songs on one of the greatest stages in the world? Overwhelming.
Please listen to the whole thing and enjoy. Keep in mind it is not perfect, these are 14-17 year old KIDS performing, after all.