I am, of course, talking about district band audition time! :) District 10's auditions are this Saturday (good luck, Kristen!) and Districts 11 & 12 will hold auditions on Saturday, January 7. For all students auditioning: prepare as thoroughly and meticulously as possible. Use your metronome to practice all parts of the audition. Use the recordings in the Current Students section on here. Slow down your chromatic scale, clean up any little problem spots, and then speed it back up again. Make sure your scales are perfect, and make them perfect 10 times out of 10. Remember all the things we've talked about in your lessons.
Good luck this weekend to Amina & Alison, who are performing in the very first concert given by the Northern Virginia Youth Winds!! I'm so proud of them both for trying out something new, and working so hard at it. This is such a fun and impressive group, and it's conducted by my former director, Denny Stokes. Please go hear them... you will be happy you did. It's at Oakton HS on Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 pm.
Next week will be the last week of lessons in 2011. There will be no lessons December 16-January 2. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, January 3.