All entries for July 2007
July 22, 2007
I sat through every graduation ceremony last week as part of the brass quintet. Here are the best moments.
- Monday (am)
A student on crutches doesn’t want to bend his degree certificate on said crutches, so leaves the crutches with an usher and hops across stage on 1 leg!
- Wednesday (all day)
The WGA speaker – Roy Cheung – was great. Really passionate speaker; sounded like he really wanted to be there. Also had a comical accent!
- Thursday (pm) (?)
A girl lost a flip-flop on the ramp up to the shake the DVC’s hand, but left it behind. He went and got it for her after the handshakle and she had to come back to reclaim it from him.
- Friday (pm)
A Theatre student “trips” on the way to shake the DVC’s hand. I Found out later this was a stunt and he had asked his parents persmission to do this.
Currently all I can remember. All suggestions welcome!
July 18, 2007
...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).