July 4th and Music

How do you celebrate the 4th of July?  Perhaps by enjoying a cookout with family and friends…or boating on a river or lake…or camping…or whatever…

On July 4th, Hubby and I usually give a concert ‘on the green’ in the little town of Eagles Mere. We play in the Repasz Band along with about eighty other musicians. Every summer the band performs around twelve outdoor concerts.

What does it take to put on an outdoor concert?

First, a cube truck is picked up by an authorized band member and taken to our practice location where our equipment and percussion instruments are kept.

A few faithful band members show up to help load the truck with our music, music stands, sound system, Repasz banner and stand, all  percussion equipment, and a few other odds and ends.

Then it’s off to the location of the concert. After arriving, the truck is unloaded and equipment set up.

Once all band members are in place and wind instruments warmed up, our director checks our tuning…not sharp, not flat, but right on.

We each use a music stand or share with one other person. The sheets of music on the stands need to be secured when playing outdoors. Clothes pins or a pane of Plexiglas are essential. It’s amazing how fast a sudden breeze can whisk away one or several sheets of music.

Outdoor concerts usually last about an hour. Then all equipment needs to be packed away and loaded back into the truck. After a return trip to our practice location to unload, the empty truck is returned to the business that generously allows us to borrow it.

Yes, it takes several hours of work for a one hour concert. But that’s what musicians do. Why… because of our passion for music and the enjoyment of sharing music with others.




About Kathie Mitchell

Kathie enjoys country living, time with family, playing cornet in community bands, crafts, gardening, and writing.
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