2012 Year in Review

It’s the final day of 2012. I’ve been thinking about this blog entry for a number of weeks now. How would I sum it up? Then this morning, a friend on Facebook put up this status:

In 2012 well I learned a lot. lost a lot. gained a lot. Must say hardest year to date but I’m still smiling happy new year everyone and a happy 2013 to all!

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Application in to the Canadian Armed Forces Regular Service Bands

Well, I did it!  My first music job application!  Today was the deadline for the Canadian Armed Forces full-time bands.  I sent a cover letter, resume and CD overnight-mail yesterday.  I’m really happy with the package – I’m hoping they like the recordings.  Honestly, I wish the orch excerpts and Air and Bourree had better acoustics.  I’m really happy with the RVW first-movement recording though.  It’s not without a few flubs, but there’s a lot of great material there.  I had another listen to the Air and Bourree though and I’m not happy with the tuning and the close mic.  Yikes – I hope they forgive that.  I’m going to re-record it this fall along with the full RVW.  Here are two things that went out:

  • orchestral excerpts – various, and narrated by me (recorded at Ian Pay’s sound studio in West Guilford, ON)
  • RVW concerto, 1st mvt – with Melissa Stephens, piano (recorded by Mark Tomlinson at Zion United Church in Carnarvon, ON)

What do you think?  I welcome all critiques.

I hope they see that beyond my tuba playing, which is at least ‘competent’, they’ll see my dedication (via work on this blog), my conducting and my coaching aspirations and account for this in the whole package.

And even if this doesn’t work out – then at least I threw my name in.  This is good for me to grow as a musician going pro:  put myself through the paces of recording and auditions.