UAB Community Band Spring Concert

Monday, March 8th, 2010 @ 10:10pm

I am again participating in the community band this Spring, and if you enjoyed our performance this past Christmas I highly encourage you to join us again on Sunday, April 18th @ 3pm. I don’t have any word on the venue yet, but I’m assuming it is in the Jemison Concert hall again at the Alys Stephens Center.

Some of the repertoire of which we’ll be playing are:

  • Beau Ideal – Sousa
  • Emperata Overture – Smith
  • Chorale Fanfare – Bimm
  • Elegy for a Young American – Lo Presti
  • Broadway in the 90s – arr. Higgins

It’s a fun selection of pieces – all of which I enjoy playing, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing; so please join us if you have the time.

Marching to the Beat

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 @ 9:27am

My Hobby

Band Does Mario

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 @ 7:51pm

…and Tetris, and Zelda… and more. Just watch!

Long Time, No Post

Thursday, April 26th, 2007 @ 3:42pm

I guess it’s probably about time to make another post, considering my last one was in March. I guess it’s been a combination of not having enough time, and not really feeling like posting anything. But just to let you know I’m still alive, here you go!

This past month has been pretty crazy (and interesting). Just got back from my cousin’s wedding in Nashville last weekend, so that was exciting. Played golf the morning before, and I shot a 105. Not an excellent score, but I guess it’s okay considering it’s only the 4th or 5th time I’ve played.

This week is pretty crazy too. Wind ensemble concert tonight, senior showcase on Friday, and a couple of recitals on Saturday.

It’s also hard to believe how close graduation is now. It doesn’t seem like all too long ago I was a freshman at Samford University, and now graduation looms around the corner. With graduation, it seems the inevitable question always is, “So what are you doing?” which I don’t quite have the answer to yet. There’s a lot of things I’d like to be doing, I just don’t know how soon those things might happen… In some respect, I can’t wait to graduate… but in others it seems like I will lose contact with a lot of friends I’ve made… I’m not quite sure how to cope with that yet.

The End of an Era

Sunday, November 5th, 2006 @ 1:23am

Band Seniors

So my life in marching band is now over. In a way, I’m actually quite sad. Never again will I be able to play on the field again. Sure, things were tough sometimes and unloading and loading the truck was a pain. But I really enjoyed it. The picture you see above is all of the seniors for 2006. I may not know all of them quite as well as I might like, but there is some sort of bond between us, even with me only participating in band for the short time of two years. I will say this much, if I attend any Samford games next year, which I most likely will if I live in the area, it will be a very odd feeling. It won’t quite feel the same actually sitting in the stands watching as opposed to playing. I can’t quite fathom that feeling yet…

The infamous Donaldson project(s) still loom over my head. I really have been working hard on this project, but it’s honestly going nowhere. I have some sort of bug in my code that I can’t quite track down… and it’s driving me crazy! I’m sure it’s something small and stupid, but I can’t find it. I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do if I can’t find/finish it by this next Tuesday. My only other hope is that no one else in the class has finished the project either and Donaldson will postpone the project again.

I also had a good talk with someone today. I honestly wish I could do more for people than just pray for them, but I honestly don’t know what I can do. I know God has given me a passion to help people, sometimes I just don’t know how. I know I need prayer myself, I am by no means a perfect person. But I pray that God will always provide to me a cheerful spirit that I can at least always be encouraging to others.

Ultimately, my goal is to strive to be like Him daily, and to grow closer in my relationship to Him. Sure, I have my own wants and needs in life, but it’s amazing how simple those seem when I really do focus on Him. It’s just disappointing that my human nature limits me sometimes to what kind of capacity God would provide if I truly had a heart for him 24/7. I know God will provide for me, I trust that He will provide for me. I truly and honestly believe that; I just need the patience to wait for His guidance.

One time at band camp…

Sunday, August 13th, 2006 @ 9:59pm

Yeah, work has officially ended and school has officially started with the start of band camp. Not much has really gone on in that department yet, but I’m sure if anything happens you’ll be sure to find out.

I got to also tour the new music building on Samford, and it’s just amazing. The new recital hall will be really nice once it’s finished, and I’m sure all of the instrumentalists will enjoy the new practice rooms. The building is still a long way from being finished, but it will look really nice once it’s complete.

I also met with our new band director, and he was really nice. He seems like he really wants to work at what he’s doing. I just only hope he works as hard as Dr. Min did.

So yeah, I guess this next two weeks will kind of be the start of my last year in school. It’s kind of refreshing, yet at the same time a little sad. If you really think about it, I’ve been in school for at least 18 years and it’s almost over. This year is going to be tough, considering I’ll have a lot of things going on, and a lot of things on my mind in general. I have to think about what I’m actually going to do once I get out, and some things to settle this coming semester as well. But I’m trying not to push too hard to do things, and keep myself calm. God will lead me through it I’m sure…

On a little side note as well, pit should be entertaining at the very least. Beth Ann and Justin are on the marimba. Anna is on vibes, and the new freshman we have coming in is either on vibes as well, or maybe xylophone. And me? I’m on timpani, exactly where I wanted to be, so this should be an exciting two weeks.


Friday, March 10th, 2006 @ 9:10pm

So I’m currently on Wind Ensemble tour at the moment. I’ve had a great time so far, even though I’ve been fighting allergy issues the whole trip. I hope I haven’t disturbed too many people although I might have kept up my roommates with my sniffing at night.

Anyway, tonight we had our so called “senior moment”. Basically, everyone just sat around while we listened to the seniors in band talk about their experience of being in band, and how they felt about their experiences. This has really made me think about my future as well, and what I want to do as well. I really only have one more year of college left before I finally have to go out into the real world and be facing a lot of things I’m not quite ready for. I wish I could spend more time in college, I really do enjoy some of my classes, the people I spend time with (especially band/music people). Sometimes I wonder if I’m really moving in the right direction with what I’m doing or not. It’s something I’ve been praying about a lot lately, and I really haven’t felt a strong direction with some things in my life. There’s been a lot going on right now, a lot of things I’m not sure I really know how to handle.

I don’t really want to bore you with details, but I suppose if you’re really interested you can always ask me. I might be willing to tell you.

The Return of the Band Trip

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006 @ 1:15am

So, here I am about to embark upon another uncharted mission into unknown territory. Yes, another band trip. Tomorrow afternoon we leave for Pell City to play at a church then finally off to Georgia, where we’ll be for the rest of our trip. Saturday, I believe we’ll be heading to Stone Mountain for the day. I’ll let you know how the trip goes in any case and if anything interesting happens.

Band Trip

Sunday, March 5th, 2006 @ 12:06pm

So the trip to Nashville and back was really exciting, and I had a really good time. Although, I think it might take a while for Zombie Nation to finally get out of my head with as many times as we played it. Sadly however, neither of the teams won the championship. The women’s team bowed out early in the semi-final round, while the men’s team won their semi-finals but lost to Murray State in the final game. Still, I think both of the teams stand a pretty good chance of coming back next year, so we’ll see what happens in that case!

The Finals

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006 @ 10:29am

So both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams won this past Tuesday, so that means that we get to go to Nashville to play for both of the teams for the semi-finals. If either one of the teams wins on Friday, we get to stay for Saturday and play for the finals. So that pretty much is my weekend in a summary. I’m sure I’ll have a few interesting stories to bring back after the fact…