First and foremost, thanks to all my faithful readers and listeners that have been in contact over the last five years. A special thanks to Chad Criswell over at musicedmagic for both being a guest on many iTunes podcast episodes and for promoting the blog posts on his site.
Musicteachers911 was created as a podcast and blog to assist musicians and music educators avoiding pitfalls I experienced both on stage and in front of the chalkboard.
This one took me by surprise!
Last Saturday evening I was sitting in on keys with a newly formed 18 piece swing band. This band is priding itself on playing modern songs in the traditional 1940s swing era style. I must say that; despite the arrangement's being so technically difficult, they were simply fantastic!
We were playing for a very large festival venue, so the age of the crowd was as varied as you can get. I was familiar with some of the newer pop tunes from overhearing my daughters, KIDS BOP® CDs at her pool parties, I had to admit that these guys are really on to something!
My total surprise was just how much of the new stuff called for sight reading some really tough piano parts. Although the band thought I did a great job, I wasn't impressed with my sight reading abilities as I could have been.