Tuesday, April 20, 2010

An Exciting, Tuba Filled Day

My first blog! Hope you like it! I don't really know what I'm doing, but whatever. :P

Yesterday afternoon, my Mom called me to tell me that my Mission Papers have been sent in. In theory, I should recieve my mission call around the 29th of April. We do not know whether that will happen or not. Nevertheless, I have high and anxious hopes for the day I recieve the envelope. If you have guesses, feel free to post them on my Facebook group entitled "Sean Ryan "Teddy" Adair's Mission". I would love to hear from you. :D

As for the day today, I have a very unique opportunity to study under the direction of Gene Pokorny, Principle Tubist of the Chicago Symphony. In his master class, we learned a unique concept of warmup that has already helped my overall execution of Tuba playing, focused mainly on the aspect of breathing. Following that, Josh Jensen and I played for him and recieved pointers and tips unique for each of us. I believe Josh and all the others in attendance would agree that it was an extremely successful workshop. Following the workshop, he gave a spectacular performance; this included "Three Piano Preludes" by George Gershwin, "Jabba the Hutt" by John Williams, and "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen" by Edvard Grieg. His incredible execution of each number was astounding, particularly to me as a tuba player. Now that I know what a Tuba really sounds like, I have no reason to not improve my sound from here on out.

I believe that is all for today. Again, if you would like to guess on where I may go on my mission, feel free at the Facebook group to post them.