While everybody was looking forward to Pi Day today, I was more eager to attend my weekly symphonic band rehearsal at my local high school where I play alto saxophone. We did not have practice last week due to the HSPAs so I was excited to play as a band again. Attending one of my county’s vocational schools means that I am unable to participate in my home high school’s band classes, but that does not mean that I am excluded from the band. I participate in both marching band and the symphonic band, and I am hoping to join the pit orchestra next year. Our spring playlist consists of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérable, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, “American Salute” by Morton Gould, and “Second Suite for Military Band in F major” by Gustav Holst. Being a music lover, I am absolutely in love with all the songs that we are playing, but my personal (and family) favorite is “American Salute” by Morton Gould.
Attached above is “American Salute” performed at the USAF Band 60th Anniversary of the Air Force. My band does not contain any orchestral instruments nor is it as advanced as the USAF Band, but after listening to the video, I was proud for my band. Why? After today’s practice, we sounded somewhat similar to the USAF Band, especially with the dynamics. My band director drilled us on dynamics and emotions today, and I am glad he did so because I can only imagine what we sounded like beforehand, all bland and emotionless. I wanted to share “American Salute” because I think it is a song worth listening to.