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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000235.txt from 1999/06

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: movement of musicians
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 17:27:02 -0400

At 10:24 AM 6/5/1999 -0500, Christopherhill wrote:
>When I got a job conducting our Municipal Band, I told a friend that I
>was going to spend the summer conducting. She replied, " What, and
>give up music?" So, my question is this, as someone who earns half his
>money playing, and the other half conducting, am I supposed to hate
>myself, or treat myself badly? :-)
It is a fact of life that in any group of, say, 65 musicians and a
conductor, there are 65 and ONLY 65 people who know how the piece SHOULD be
played. Somehow that white stick drains all musical taste out of anyone
who holds it. Just ask any of the 65! The joy of conducting is that you
get to play it YOUR way. The downside is that all the rest of the group
thinks you are an idiot. If your skin is thick enough, it's OK. It's
better than sitting in the clarinet section grousing about the
gesticulating moron up front!

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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