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November 04, 2006

Band Geeks

Last night, David and I attended the annual Band-O-Rama show at Hill Auditorium. Despite the fact that I am the official band geek in our relationship (I played tuba in my high school marching band), going to Band-O-Rama was David's idea. He had read in the Ann Arbor News that Ernie Harwell would be performing Casey at the Bat with the UM Concert Band.

When Harwell came on stage, it was the first time I had ever seen a performer get a standing ovation before the performance. As David said, however, he had earned it before the performance. Unfortunately, he didn't get another standing ovation after the performance, though he might have done if the volume on his microphone had been turned up a bit -- we couldn't really hear him...

Nonetheless, Casey was my favorite part of the show, followed by John Williams's Overture to The Cowboys, which we played in my high school Wind Ensemble. I also enjoyed Niagara Falls, written by UM composer Michael Daugherty. David and I have very different taste in music: I prefer the modern; to David, the older the better. His favorite piece from the Concert Band/Symphonic Band portion of the show was a medley of old showtunes, which surprised me because David usually expresses nothing but disdain for musical theater.

We were both totally geeked, however, to see the UM Marching Band take the stage after intermission. The 265 band members high-stepped up there into concert formation. We were surprised they didn't shake the whole place down. I always complain about the marching band because they play too much television music (particularly the theme songs to cartoons), but they also seem to have so much fun rocking out to their own music. I think that if I had seen that concert when I was in high school, I would have wanted to come to UM for college and play in the Marching Band!

Posted by eklanche at November 4, 2006 08:45 AM


I was there, too! I couldn't believe how packed it was. The marching band was indeed impressive. They seem like they must be a very close-knit pack. I'm guessing they don't have a lot of say in what music they perform, though, so perhaps one should direct any complaints about their song choices to the band director, Jamie Nix. (But good luck, since I hear he's into heavy metal--perhaps his tastes are just, uh, wide ranging . . . )

Posted by: eammoss at November 6, 2006 11:20 AM

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