This past weekend was the Virginia Tech Honor Band Weekend and what a great time it was! I really enjoyed meeting up with old classmates and new friends. It was great to see so many familiar faces and to catch up on all the gossip.
I arrived on Thursday to speak with the music education students about careers as a military musician and right after that there was a small reception. I should have figured out right then and there that this weekend would turn out to be something special when I saw the cake.
The ‘Golden Hokie Honor Band’ gave a terrific first performance of ‘Black Tie Blu-bop,’ which was written especially for them. I think the piece was well-received by the audience on Saturday night, but most importantly, it was a hit with the young musicians themselves. I set out to write something challenging and fun, and I think I succeeded even more than I had dreamed. Thanks to all who spoke with me and shared your kind comments!
I’ll admit, though, that I should have asked more questions earlier in the discussion phase–who knew this band would be a hundred strong?
My sincere thanks to all students, teachers, parents, and administrators of the tenth annual Virginia Tech Honor Band Weekend, especially Dr. Patrick Casey, who conducted the performance, and Dr. David Widder, for whom the piece was dedicated. I am already looking forward to my next visit!