Product Work LogName: Brandon Ferrell____________________________________Date: April 18, 2012Product: Video Performance of River Of Life, Conducted by Me.Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:August 22, 2011 Marching Band Sectional Rehearsal Individual practice3:45-6:00 has been stressed and will continue to be stressed for the entire season- I can’t Commentary:Not much conducting memorize this music today, just learning parts of the opener for them! (although that have been forgotten since band I’m doing a decent camp in July. job)Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:August 29, 2011 Marching Band Sectional Rehearsal Pushups will be3:45-6:00 assigned if due progress is not Commentary:Frustrating. The section apparent in weeks to has obviously not practiced- much of come. what was done today was review from last week, preventing them and myself from further learning.Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:September 5, 2011 Marching Band Sectional Rehearsal I have to learn how to3:45-6:00 keep time with one Commentary:Got to conduct for all of hand and conduct the woodwinds today! (flute, clarinet, entrances and saxophone, piccolo, etc). It went well dynamics with the until Dominic took the saxophones to other- maybe consult go rehearse the Ballad, because they drum majors? were holding up the other sections. I’ll work with the other section leaders on that.
Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:September 12, 2011 Marching band sectional rehearsal Working backwards is3:45-6:00 okay! Playing through to the end and working back section by section seems most Commentary:Worked on memorizing effective. the opener in sections starting in measure 76, also on correcting rhythms in tenor saxophones.Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:November 28, 2011 Assisting Mr. Carter at 8th grade band Before trying to play4:00-5:30 rehearsal through an entire song for the first time, I think it would be better to take the tempo down a considerable amount Commentary:We worked on a march to allow people to called The March of Ides, and the focus more on rhythms clarinets were having trouble and key signature. subdividing an eighth note rhythm, so I took them aside and helped them with it. Flutes had a similar problem in a different part of the song that I corrected.
Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:December 5, 2011 Assisting Mr. Carter at the weekly 8th As rough as Mr.4:00-5:30 grade band rehearsals. Carter’s foot-stomping conducting method is, it sure does work for Commentary:The flutes and clarinets keeping time. have obviously been practicing- it Probably not a good sounds great! I’m also feeling much idea for my final more confident rehearsing sections of performance, though. music with people and conducting it for them.Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:December 29, 2011 Computer research over various pieces Maybe talk to Mr.4:00-6:00 of music and their difficulty as a Opitz or Carter about conductor a piece for the final Commentary:It seems like I’ll be okay performance- I’ll text conducting pretty much anything as them! long as the time signature is reasonable.
Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:January 10, 2012 Saxophone Section Concert Rehearsals Okay, so maybe7:45-8:15 conducting isn’t so easy. If Liturgical Commentary:Worked on the piece dances is a grade 6 I’m Liturgical Dances. I tried my hand at probably looking at a conducting (haha) but this piece is 4 piece for my project. HARD!Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:March 15, 2012 Practice session before recording of Tips from Mr. Opitz:10:30-11:30 River of Life Don’t be so timid Open up more when I Commentary: After deciding on the conduct piece, did some major practice. This Use less shoulder and rehearsal helped me with the overall more arm things that I needed to be with the whole band to fix.Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:March 16, 2012 Final Product Recording! Feeling very10:30-11:30 successful! Absolutely Commentary:The performance went flawless run by both terrifically! Got the video uploaded- the band and myself, it’s too long, I’ll have to edit it down. definitely feeling good.
Date/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions:March 30, 2012 Video Editing Finally finished! The6:00-8:00 video looks great with Commentary:Simply cut out the the little intro I made beginning two minutes of the as well. performance- they were too slow and uneventful, the last four showcased much more conducting technique.