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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000046.txt from 2005/12

From: "Jason W Alder" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] sax
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2005 13:59:40 -0500

Didn't Grainger do some of the same?


> Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2005 20:04:07 -0800
> To:
> From: Nathan Friedman <>
> Subject: Re: [kl] sax
> Message-id: <000d01c5fc75$9a0577f0$566f4718@COMPUTERROOM>
> This could be any one of a number of composers. Vaughan Williams, perhaps?
> Nathan Friedman
> "Music is life, and like it, inextinguishable."
> Carl Nielsen's motto for his Symphony No. 4
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Deborah L. Jenkins" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 3:41 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] sax
> I don't play sax (yet), but have sat directly next to them or in front of
> them for several years. I play in the local community college. (More like
> a community band since there's so much gray hair and usually only a couple
> of young students- although we really are all band students. Hadn't played
> with any group since college for 16 years when I started with them- pretty
> scary- I was sure the conductor would throw me out. Good thing he was
> desperate for clarinets. There was only one other clarinet. A poor young
> actual college age student who he made sit first chair that night since
> she'd at least been in his band before. Didn't help me out any, the second
> clarinet part had a short, but very noticeable solo, so I got to make a fool
> out of myself anyway (but didn't find myself getting kicked out. Actually,
> the beginning of every semester the whole band sounds pretty bad to begin
> with- even worse than I remember in high school, but by the end of the
> semester it's always amazing how good we sound- not perfect, but I think the
> band director is probably the best I've seen. He teaches at a community
> college because he likes the area, but could probably teach about anywhere.
> Think he was president of the California Music Teachers Assn. or whatever
> they call it around here for colleges, etc. All of which is really off
> topic except to brag about them (not myself) a little and note that it's
> probably not your typical junior/community college band. We play music that
> I'm pretty sure would rival any four year college band's.) The first alto
> sax player is superb. We now have an entire sax section, but periodically
> he's been the entire section, playing alto, soprano, and tenor. One time,
> I think all three, in one concert. I guess the point is that from the point
> of view of a fellow band member who listens to him, he makes them all sound
> like great parts. Although, due to the nature of concert band, he obviously
> plays mostly alto. He's played some really excellent solos on both alto and
> soprano, especially of the music of the guy who's name I can't remember at
> the moment (sorry), but who traveled around Great Britain and the United
> Kingdom early in the last century, cataloging, recording, notating, and
> composing pieces from the local folksongs he ran across in this quest- which
> he wanted to complete before they all died out along with the very few
> living memories- the singers- of these songs of love, battle, and other
> tales that had been passed along from generation to generation. He's
> actually one of my favorite composers. Hmm, maybe I am a student after all.
> I might have actually learned something while playing. (At least more than
> the fact that my memory for names is terrible- which I already know.
> Hopefully, the poor composer wouldn't be too hurt if he's looking down,
> since I also forget the names of all his peers. Good thing I'm not a
> professional. They seem to remember everything.)
> Have fun, whichever you choose. And if you were to join a band like mine,
> chances are there'd be a place for you on any of them once you get the hang
> of it.
> Deb Jenkins


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