First day of rehearsals!

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Today’s bloggers are Jessica Hall and Molly Baskin, both flutists. Jessica is a recent graduate of Byron P. Steele II High School. She will be attending Texas State University in San Marcos next year, studying musical performance. She has been playing flute for seven years, and 2011/12 was her first year in YOSA. This will be her first time traveling outside the country.

Molly is going to be a senior this coming year at Byron P. Steele High School. She has been in YOSA for 4 years and is happy to be back next year for more fun and excitement!

From Jessica:
Today was our first rehearsal in preparation for our tour concerts. We dusted off some old pieces (Dvorak, Marques, Offenbach) and unwrapped some new ones (Walton, Mascagni). We also welcomed some new faces into our group, since we needed some more musicians in the orchestra. Our new percussionists are doing a great job, especially since they are fill-ins from other sections. My favorite piece that we are playing is the Danzon No. 2 by Marquez. This piece has an awesome groove to it, and it’s full of great solos played by wonderful musicians.

All of us are highly anticipating our tour. I know that I have been repeatedly telling my woodwind friends about how excited I am! Mr. Peters, our conductor, told us that we should look forward to trying new things, and enjoying all that Great Britain and Wales has to offer…even if that means eating hard-boiled eggs for breakfast every morning. Our tour meeting this afternoon should be very informative, especially since we are being informed of roommates and chaperone groups today.

From flutist Molly Baskin:
Everyone is so excited and the questions about what to expect are endless. Hearing about the great stories from past experience tours, make my anticipation even greater! (: This is a once in a life time trip for me, and who gets to say “…Yeah….I played in London when I was 17 with Youth Orchestras of San Antonio…no biggie.”?

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