Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Oh to be at school again

Oh how I wish to be at school again, with the music program offered and to be part of a school band!  Actually, no not really,  I wouldn't trade my duties for anything really.

This past weekend, as a family we were able to attend a concert put on by our Schools Bands. It was beautiful. To see so much interest, talent and appreciation still for classical music and also in the choir.

We also had a most wonderful opening performance by the CES (special needs students) on their drums. I just loved seeing these students so involved in their rhythm!

It brought back memories of my time back in high school, nearly 20 years ago. There was a lady that gave her time and even brought her newborn twin daughters in capsules (this was after school) and helped a group of interested students to get our music notes in tune and somehow together. Going by my memory we had percussion instruments, recorders, tenors, trebles and even a nightingale and a cuckoo. I remember having a great deal of fun, seeing water coming out of the nightingale instrument and really enjoying the moment when it actually sounded like The Toy Symphony.

You can listen to this one on you-tube. Ours was a little shorter. :)  But if you listen carefully you can hear the cuckoo and the nightingale. Toy Symphony - Youtube.

We practiced and performed during the Albany Eisteddfod in the Town Hall, and we all overcame our nerves before playing Saturday night at the winners concert.

Love to hear if you were part of this group and what you remember. One day soon I might try to dig up my pile of music and see if I still have my copy.
I looked through my music but couldn't find it. Love to know if you kept a your copy. I did find the adjudicators award notes though :) and it was entered as a Recorder Group - I had that memory right. Not a bad guess for 20 years ago either. It really doesn't seem that long ago. Makes me feel old.



  1. Yes, I enjoyed the concert on Saturday night too! Very special for the students to be a part of!
    And I do remember our music lessons at school... Didn't know you we're in that group with me though! I think I played the tenor and remember practising in the cold church hall, where there was always sports equipment around the place I think for special needs students at the time. Playing at the eisteddfod is something I never forget and those nerves..... Eeeeek!

  2. thats right! PMP stuff everywhere. My memory is going on me. I can't remember who was all in the group, but there was a good number of us. I played the treble recorder. Every now and again we pull it out and see if the girls fingers can reach the holes :)

  3. I was in it! Can't remember what I played, though. Base recorder or tenor, I think.