Waking up slow on a Saturday morning, assimilating some of what just took place over the last week. For those that don’t have their finger on the pulse of my life and those of my colleagues and friends, we’ve been working hard for the last couple of weeks to put together a recording project of wind ensemble music.
For the first time in a long time, I feel like a professional musician again. I should qualify that by saying that not everything about a pro’s life is all glamour and simply making music — especially with the job that I and my colleagues have. Most of our time is spent behind the scenes, setting up jobs, getting all the administrative, logistical and financial details together, and then only a tiny fraction of what the job actually entails is putting notes out. This week though, predominantly, was all about the music.
More than this, though, we were able to assemble a team of friends from across the country to help us out with some holes we have in the Band. Quite literally, it was a coast-to-coast endeavour, across all three elements of the Canadian Armed Forces. Folks came from Newfoundland, Ontario and Manitoba to help support us, and I think we’ll all be particularly proud of what we achieved.