Monday, March 3, 2014

Camp Weekend Report #1

This weekend was my first official weekend of teaching a drum corps horn line and I absolutely loved every second of it. Being able to see all of these kids coming into the same activity I started doing over ten years ago and knowing exactly what they will learn throughout the next months is such a great feeling. While things are a little different with this corps, the overall idea is still one of achieving greatness and having a great time along the way. When it came to the horns, it was definitely different to have kids tell me that they played flute or saxophone in their bands but they were learning trumpet just so they could march drum corps. Those are the kids I respect the most for being there. They have the tallest ladder to climb, but they have the drive to do it. By the end of the camp, many of the kids were visibly tired from how much effort they expended, but almost everyone brass player had a smile on their face. We worked through some of our normal warmups and jumped into the summer's show music. After the short brass block, we were able to play all the way through the opener. While everyone held their own overall, I am confident that this will be one of the best low brass sections that the corps has ever produced. We have camp again next weekend, and I can't wait to go back!

1 comment:

  1. what corps are you working with? I've worked with students from many backgrounds, but I often admire the corps students because they often know they need to do better. always. Its easy to work and teach a student who is ready to keep finding ways of improving and making the art better!