Hey friends! It's time for your quarterly Up/Down info dump. First thing's first: WE'RE GOING ON TOUR!!
That's right, a real live tour! In the next two weeks we'll be playing nine shows around Georgia and South Carolina, and our first one is on Tuesday in Columbus. This project is supported in part through the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Meta Weiser EXCEL Fund, and we could not be more grateful for their help in making this happen.
We chose music for this show way back in March, and have been slowly burning through it on our own in our respective studios/practice rooms/broom closets. We chose some pieces we'd been itching to play for years, and then peppered in a few of the percussion classics. During that time we also reached out to our friends Victor LaBozzetta III, Cy Meissler, and Colin McCall and commissioned them for a few brand new pieces! These guys really did amazing work, and have challenged our minds (Victor), hearts (Colin), and brawn (Cy. Definitely Cy). After getting into town two weeks ago, we holed up in Northside High's hall room and got to work.
The most rewarding thing about this particular project is the kind of organizational skills that we got to develop. This is our first time as the main event in any concert series, so we've had to take on more logistical responsibility than ever before. Gone are the days of "later problems" and "we'll get it at the dress rehearsal", we are now an adequately prepared ensemble ready to actually meet some kind of standard! By keeping an up to date calendar for rehearsals, we were able to manage our days better and choose when it was appropriate to take a break. For our statistically minded friends, here's a breakdown of how we've spent our time, in increasing order of arbitrariness.
Hours spent rehearsing: 77
Hours spent collecting instruments and building things: 15
Hours spent organizing materials and planning masterclasses: 9
Hours spent spent chopping out to survive Cy's piece: not nearly enough
Hours spent laying on the floor specifically not rehearsing: like 11 probably
Hours spent playing Hearthstone/Stardew Valley: 30+