It’s Graduation Week…
...and I’m on campus for the duration.
I’m playing in the Brass Quintet1 that entertains the masses before and after each degree congregation. This means we get to play the same set of music ten times over the course of the week. Fun (!)
We’ve got campus accommodation (International House), free breakfast (Rootes Restaurant), free lunch (Buffet) and even a small amount of pay! Not bad for just over an hours playing each day. The slight downside is that we have to sit through the entirety of each ceremony, and it can get a bit tiresome hearing the same speech from the VC (or C if he’s shown up). Though it can be quite fun finding someone you know in the list of names and remembering to “Whoop!”
With us in halls are the Jazz Band (TUB2), the Arts Centre Stewards and the Chamber Choir, who are all working throughout the week. TUB are out on the Piazza (if it’s dry) and the Chamber Choir are in the Butterworth Hall with us.
Even though we are getting all this food and stuff, I still don’t know if I’ll come out of the week with a profit. What with all these evenings socialising with either the Quintet or the Choir (I seem to be the only person crossing over between these 2 groups!) I think my bank balance (or lack of one) is going to take a slight hit :S
Tonight is a Bengal Curry organised by Tebay (and Lu who created by the Facebook group) and the last I heard it seems we will be taking over a large portion of the curry house. Ah well, they love us really! It’ll be great to see lots of mates, some of who are leaving Warwick this year. It’s yet another opportunity to say goodbye. We’ve had end-of-term, tour, and now graduation week, so it’s all getting a bit repetitive!
Right, time to choose some music for Wind Orchestra for next term.
1 Joe Cooney (Trumpet), Bruce Davies (Trumpet), Tom Middleton (French Horn), Ed Kent (Trombone) and me (Tuba).
2 Sam Hancock (Drums), Joe Davison (Keyboard), Matt Shields (Bass Guitar) and Warren Frenandez (Alto Sax/Vocal).
4 comments by 1 or more people
Choose the ‘Lord of the Rings Suite’ by Johan De Meji, for it is goodness. Best piece of music I’ve ever played with a Wind Orchestra that wasn’t originally written for a Brass Band!
18 Jul 2007, 16:18
You lot with your cushy sitting and playing then going and eating job. Ah well, at least the choir has been getting thoroughly entertaining. Yesterday a member of the audience said that it would have been better if the get out music was going on throughout the ceremony, so they obviously enjoy your bit!
19 Jul 2007, 07:33
Wednesday morning a couple starting dancing along to the quintet pieces we play at the end of the ceremony. They definately enjoyed it!
19 Jul 2007, 10:03
There were a couple dancing up in the choir stalls today as well.
19 Jul 2007, 20:02
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