As a member of the MS orchestra this year, I think I grew as a musician, actively participating and sharing ideas in class and becoming more observant and helping others by giving them advice on bowing or fingering etc.. In orchestra this year, not only did we play music, we also gained knowledge on history and other aspects of music through presenting about the Conquistadores (Hernán Cortés, Francisco Pizarro etc.) and we are also currently working on a presentation about carribean music. Ms. Constantini also gives us life lessons such as the importance of greeting others during music class and I think this has also bettered me as a person. I have also participated in the G6 & high school orchestra and band and middle school choir repertoir. Through participating as a percussionist in MS/HS/G6 Band & Orchestra, I have discovered the joy of playing a wider variety of instruments such as the bells, vibes, tambarines and of course the chimes! One of the pieces I played the bells for was “In Flight” during the HS Instrumental Spring Concert. It was one of my favourite piece as it was so powerful and had such a strong impact on me. The melody of the bells really stood out and I realized the beauty of the sound of the bells. While playing, I felt such a strong sense of pride in being able to play with the HS Band and I just loved the music! I was also surprised and admired Stephanie’s skills when she was playing the xylophone beside me. She played the countless notes on her music sheet very accurately and I was awed. Although my head hurt a bit and I was exhausted after the excitement during the concert, I had a feeling of satisfaction and it was such a wonderful experience!
Another time when I had unforgettable memories I had was when I played the chimes for “Moscow, 1941”; the last piece of the MS band repertoire for the spring concert this year. It was my very first time playing the chimes and I was awed by the impact the sound of the chimes had. It added a very different mood to the music and made it much more powerful. The piece demanded quite a lot of attention as I had to play accurately and swiftly. To play the instrument, it required strength and I was embarrassed by Mr. Vest a couple times during rehearsal as I was still not accustomed to the instrument and was afraid of hitting the pipes of the chimes as hard as I could. However, Mr. Vest told me to hit it as hard as possible and maybe break a few bones and passionately encouraged me to play as hard as I dared and on the day of the concert, I was very confident and was able to play well.
As a violinist, percussionist and pianist this year, I have grown and become more confident and I feel like this year has been full of exhilerating experiences and I guarantee that my excitement and enthusiasm when I recieve new pieces to play has definitely grown since last year.