D13 Big Band Performance at Royal South Street Competitions
On Thursday 6th September, the members of the D13 Big Band travelled to Ballarat to compete in the South Street Eisteddfod. Here is an excerpt from a letter from band director, Dave Palmer, to the students after their performance, showing that there is so much more to learning music than just playing well.
I was very impressed by you all today. Even greater than your playing, which I very much enjoyed, and was proud to be a part of, was the way you all conducted yourselves. Touring musicians in the USA refer to this aspect as "road chops". It’s your ability to maintain a quiet positivity that allows all the others around you to maintain theirs, even though their way might be to read a book, or listen to music or a podcast, or an audiobook, while yours might be to have a quiet conversation with those around you. When we tour, the traffic conditions will always be variable and they will often affect us by limiting our preparation time, cutting our rest time or even cancelling our performances! Today you all handled the long bus journeys, the logistics of loading and unloading, of making sure that you were in the places you needed to be, ready to play - and all of it in a spirit of quiet positivity and teamwork. You helped one another to get equipment from here to there and made sure nobody was left behind or left out - THAT was the greatest of your achievements today, by far.