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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000353.txt from 1999/06

From: "Loh Tzu Liang" <tlloh@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] Be careful what you wish for?
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 23:43:19 -0400

Dear Cindy,

I had a little of the same problem.

I went into this community band hoping to get to play the bassclarinet but
ended up playing 3rd as theyh already had 2 others. After the first concert,
the section leader then asked me to play 1st and the effer, saying tt I had
potential!!

Well, I screached enuf on the little thing (not on purpose *grin) and they
finally realised and let me play bass again when on e of them left.
Nice to finally get what I wished for =)

Loh
Singapore

>Ken, a relaxed approach will save your sanity. When I joined the Westerly
>(RI) band some years ago, I went to my first rehearsal and sat in a chair
in
>the third clarinet section. The archivist gave me a zillion pieces of music
>to learn for a gig the following week. I really applied myself. The
following
>week, the principal clarinetist asked me to play second clarinet. Ok, a
>zillion more new (to me, anyway) pieces of sheet music to learn for the
next
>week's gig. I should add that a lot of the music was ethnic (Portuguese and
>Italian) and was hand-written in a style that was very difficult to read.
For
>instance, the flags on the eighth notes and such faced LEFT and the
notation
>was very ornamented. But once again I really applied myself and learned the
>parts. You can guess what happened next. The principal clarinetist asked me
>to play first clarinet. Sheesh. I was ready to hit him over the head but,
>instead, dutifully took home a zillion more pieces of music to learn.
>
>My advice: PLAY LOUSY ;-)
>
>Cindy

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