Tuesday, June 29, 2010

New Clothes!

The 101st season of the Long Beach Municipal Band started at 1:30 this afternoon with our first rehearsal. Besides reading through our concert music for tomorrow, we got WARDROBE:

My men's small shirt means I can eat anything I want this season and NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!

I actually like this shirt which is fortunate because I've got 2 of them.

Our first concert is tomorrow, June 30 at 6:30pm in Los Cerritos Park.

You know you want to come see these shirts...

Monday, June 28, 2010


The first Long Beach Municipal Band rehearsal is tomorrow, with the first concert of the season on Wednesday. Bob and I will be occupied with 4 concerts a week until August 13. We're both working most weekends as well. On Tuesday, August 17 I'm undergoing major surgery with a 4 week recovery that puts me directly into the new semester at APU.

With all that in mind, I've been keeping my eye on the AP (Annual Passholder) rates for the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland Resort. Last year's stay was so peaceful and restful that we've been longing for a return visit. Yesterday we struck gold with a room rate only $4.00 more per night than our incredible rate from last year. We've signed up for 5 nights starting at the very end of August. I'll be able to continue my recovery in style, and we'll both be able to soak up the peace and grace that is the Grand Californian.

When beginning a long period of hard work ending with a serious medical procedure, it is wonderful to have an escape planned!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Spring 2011 Recital

Joel and I are planning another recital for Spring 2011. We can't help it. We love collaborating.

That means, however, that we actually have to choose repertoire. So far we have commitments vague promises from Phil Shackelton and Mike Lee for new pieces written just for us. Those pieces, as magnificent as they will be, do not a complete program make.

I was perusing Flute World and YouTube for inspiration this morning and came across the second movement of a beautiful piece:

The other movements are equally lovely.  I checked with Joel, and we both agree that Summer Music by Richard Rodney Bennett is a go for the program.


Three down, some more to go.

Any suggestions?