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Taking note of Marching Band
by L. J. Hanson
Precision. That is the trademark of the UWEau Claire marching band. This fall. 149 musk majors worked 50 hours transforming themselves into a precision drill team. They marched late afternoons and early Saturday mornings all for one academic credit.
Is it worth it? Russ Mlkkelson. the drum major, thinks so. He said marching band provides valuable experience for the prospective music teachers. The five football shows performed by the band are written by crews of four to six upperclassmen. The crews design the drills, select the music and teach the show to the other band members. Mikkelson said this experience prepares them for teaching high school marching bands.
The marching band unit, directed by Donald George, includes a drum major, a 20-member flag corps and 128 instru mentalists. The band does not stress winning awards like the band at UW-Madison. Mikkelson said. ‘'We're not a real competitive band. It's more an educational opportunity."
Gay Olson, who wrote one of the shows, said. "A lot of people don't realize the work that goes into it. It's hard to gauge where 120 people are going to go on the field.'' Olson said one show had to be rewritten after it was discovered the last five members of the band would be marching In the end zone.
But marching band provides more than an educational opportunity, Olson said, ''It's fun when you have the time to do It" It provides the opportunities to meet people, get outdoors, and do something different with music. Olson said.
There are also drawbacks to marching band. Olson said, especially when it gets cold in November and it rains. Mlkkelson said the band does not march when it gets under 40° , however, because it would cause damage to the instruments. Mikkelson said another drawback to marching band is the out-of Jate uniforms. He said they still bear the insignia "WSU" for Wisconsin State University.
Despite the drawbacks. "The attitude this year has just been great,” Mikkelson said, "It's a lot closer band than it used to be."
At right. tubs provide the bats for the band Below, at temperatures fall, band member boodle up
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by Cherie Phillips
Whether playing to an audience of a handful of students or to more than one hundred people, the true artists perform their best every time
Junior and senior students had a chance to learn more about performing their best by giving student recitals The recitals are done through a class, Music 485. for either one or two credits, explained senior pianist Mark Graf. The class is required for performance ma jors.
The twocredit recital consists of 50 total minutes of music by a single stu dent with an accompanist A recital worth one credit is one in which two students share the time, each taking 30 minutes of performing time
The selections performed, either vo cal or instrumental, may be chosen by the student or by the supervising instructor who may feel that a particular piece best exhibits that student's talent Rick Lange and Bruce Fox shared a recital during this past year Lange played alto saxophone and Fox played the trombone Both feel they gained
confidence by performing before a public audience.
Besides the self gratification of feeling like he accomplished something impor tant. Lange said, there are two other advantages to having done the recital.
''First there is the obvious advantage of improving my playing by all the practicing I did for the performance," he said.
The other advantage is more subtle, he said. As a transfer student. Lange had felt that he wasn't totally accepted into the department by the other stu dents So part of his reason for doing the recital was to prove that he was just as good a musician as anyone else there.
Most of the students who were asked their reasons for giving the recitals answered that it was to gain experience and confidence.
Graf said his recital was like reaching a plateau in his music As soon as he had reached that one. he started work ing on a higher one. He said he believes that a musician is constantly learning and trying to improve his music.
Senior Joctyn Roller concentrate a he play the flute at her rruor recital
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