Monday, September 28, 2015

Savannah Arts Wind Ensemble Autumn Concert

The Savannah Arts Wind Ensemble had their Autumn Nights Concert this past Friday.  The Orchestra performed as well this past Tuesday, I haven't gotten the videos up for that one yet. Hannah had a busy week with rehearsals for the School Musical Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella and well as rehearsals for the concerts, the performances and then Armstrong Orchestra rehearsals as well.  Oh ya and she has several AP courses.  LOL she seems to thrive on challenge.  Enjoy the videos below.

2015 SAA Wind Ensemble Variations on a Korean Folk Song

2015 SAA Wind Ensemble Sea Songs

2015 SAA Wind Ensemble Perthshire Majesty

2015 SAA Wind Ensemble Black Granite

Monday, August 17, 2015


Had a great time kayaking in the marsh Sunday morning. It was so quiet and peaceful. 

Steel Drums Mashup - FSU Music Camp Steel Drum Ensemble 2015

Hannah got to select an elective during camp.  She choose Steel Drums.  This was the elective concert at the end of camp.  She had a lot of fun.

Stars and Stripes - FSU Music Camp Wind Orchestra 2015

Hannah got to play Piccolo in this piece.  All the flutes that had a Piccolo and could memorize the part were brought to the front of the stage to play their part.  The brass followed them.

The Wizard of Oz

Lincoln Portrait - FSU Summer Music Camp Wind Orchestra 2015

Esprit de Corps - FSU Summer Music Camp Wind Orchestra 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

FSU Summer Music Camp Wind Orchestra - Flag of Stars 2015

FSU Summer Music Camp - Let the Amen Sound

Hannah placed 5th chair out of 38 flutes from around the country and from some out of country.  The recording does not give this music justice.  We were up front with my video camera so the quality wasn't great.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Savannah Winds Spring Concert

Last night was he Savannah Winds Spring Concert.  Hannah plays Flute with the group and enjoys the challenge and benefits of playing with a group of professionals and college students. They are directed by Mark B. Johnson.

Hannah had a great time playing and her favorite was La Quintessenza because it had a very Tim Burton feel to it.

Sensus Vitae "A Fanfare & Chorale for the Good of Humanity"
By - Nathan Daughtrey (2013)

Sheltering Sky
By - John Mackey (2012)

Spirit of Endeavour
I.  One Vision "Molto moderato"
II. The Pursuit of Perfection "Vivace"
By - Philip Sparke (2013)

La Quintessenza
I.  Intoduzione
II.  Capriccio
III.  Arioso
IV.  Finale
(performed without pause)
By - Johan de Meij (1998)

This is the one that has a Tim Burton sound to it that Hannah loved.  She really wants to play the piccolo part on it as well.

Golden Jubilee March
By - John Philip Sousa (1928)

And in honor of St. Patrick's Day which is kind of a big deal here in Savannah 
(2nd largest celebration in the US)
By - James Meredith (2014)

Monday, February 9, 2015

District Honor Band

Hannah placed first chair for District Honor Band this year with an audition score of 9.99 in the 9th and 10th grade division. Our district is comprised of 11 counties in Georgia.  She had some solos and during rehersal noticed a piccolo part.  Thinking ahead she brought the piccolo she had borrowed from John Murphy for the Youth Orchestra and asked the guest conductor if she could play the part so for the march she played piccolo.

The guest conductor was Dr. Jaclyn Hartenberger who serves as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Georgia where she conducts the Wind Symphony and teaches undergraduate conducting.

For District Honor Band, the students arrive at about 6:00 pm on a Wednesday and meet the guest conductor and receive the music for the first time. They stay until about 9:30pm and then return on Thursday morning at 10:00 am and work until 5:00 pm taking a break for lunch.  Friday is that similar only they get done a bit earlier and then perform the concert at 7:00 pm. 

 Overture for Winds - Charles Carter

Joy Revisited - Frank Ticheli

Bloom - Steven Bryant

Encanto - Robert W. Smith

Rough Riders - Karl King / arr. James Swearingen

Amazing work by amazing students.  It has been great watching her grow through the years.