This past Thursday night I?had the privilege of watching the RVHS band perform its final concert of the year.
Although the musicians have other performances going on this year, including the Memorial Day program and marching in the local parade, the final concert took place Friday.
There was plenty going on during this concert that made this reporter glad he was there.
First of all, I want to congratulate Bruce Bednarchuk on what must have been an extremely exciting and gratifying moment.
Being able to have a piece you composed performed by the band in the community where you reside has to be a great feeling. Being able to conduct that piece makes it even more special. Although I?am certainly no music critic, I certainly enjoyed what I?heard of the piece and look forward to hearing it again.
In advance of that performance the RVHS band surprised the audience by marching into the PAC?donning the old school band uniforms taken out of storage. While I?was certainly impressed with how well the band sounded as they surrounded the audience, I was even more impressed with how sharp the group looked in those old uniforms. You can see a couple of photos from the event in the photos section of the Gazette's website.
I?stopped by the music department to get some photo identifications Tuesday and commented on how good the students looked in those uniforms.
Band director Paul Berggren shared with me he is hoping to use them again. Then he talked about the band being outside for marching practice earlier that day. While the students are certainly going to hate me for suggesting this (I?noticed a few of them sweating in the much more climate controlled PAC), but I?said the rest of the community who missed the concert would probably appreciate seeing the students in the unforms when they marched in the community parade in June. I?could see the wheels turning in Mr. Berggren’s mind, but I?am sure he had already thought of it. So, high school band members, if the idea of wearing the uniforms during the parade comes up you can’t blame only me.
I remember friends of mine telling me how uncomfortably hot those uniforms were and I?would certainly empathize with your plight. Yet, I?think you would sure look good marching down the streets of Redwood Falls in those jackets and hats.
Speaking of it being hot, this past Monday I?found out just how warm it got when I?got to my car.
Sunday afternoon I was putting the rear view mirror back up in my car and had been told to make sure and mark the spot where the mirror went with a crayon before removing all of the adhesive from the windshield.
Page 2 of 2 - So, my Amos brought me an apricot crayon which I?used and then placed on the dash.
What I?had late Monday morning when I?went to the car was runny apricot crayon all over my dash. It is amazing how much is in one of those crayons. While it may not have been hot enough to fry an egg, it certainly was plenty warm. I just wish it would have been something a bit more color coordinating.