Keeping Up with the Band Post Season
By: Johnny Golemba
Spring semester is always hard for so many of us in the UCMB. After over three months of long rehearsals, crazy band weekends, and little to no outside free time, it’s surprisingly difficult to find ways to suddenly fill in all of that newly acquired time that comes with the second half of the school year. Luckily, the UCMB and UConn Music Department offer a number of opportunities to stay involved with the marching band and music in general, and I am very grateful to have discovered some of them this semester.
Despite already having seventeen credits of non-music related classes, I made the decision to also take on Concert Band, the UCMB Leadership Course, and Husky Band, all of which I am participating in for the first time. Concert Band is a great way to build in your personal development as a musician. Instructed by Ricardo Brown, he puts a great deal of emphasis on helping you to grow as a musician by developing good tone quality, paying close attention to musical details, and, most importantly, by practicing! The music is a challenge, but a great way to maintain and apply your musical skills to the upcoming band season.
The UCMB Leadership Course, instructed by Dr. Mills himself, is a wonderful way to grow (as is implied by the name of the course) as a leader within the band! You get to learn the ins and outs of how our impressive band is run and what makes it so effective, along with the chance to find your niche in the band, be it in recruiting, social coordinating, connecting people in the band, or whatever else you feel led to get involved in. It is also a very low stress class and does not require much of your time on a weekly basis, so definitely check it out!
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of staying involved with music and marching band in the spring semester is maintaining all of the close friends and connections you’ve made in the fall and keeping them strong for the next season. Unity is one of the key aspects that drives this band, which means we must remain united even off the field and after the season is through! As a freshman, only a year ago, I did not get involved in any band related activities during the spring and drifted apart form some of the people I had previously grown so close to. Now, as a sophomore heavily involved in band related activities post season, I can safely say that I am still just as close, if not closer, to many of my fellow band mates and looking forward to keeping those relationships strong for next season and beyond! So, that being said, how are you keeping up with the band this semester, and what will you do to help make our band better in this upcoming 2018 season?