In my eighth grade year at Bullis Charter School, principal Wanny Hersey requested I compose a school song for the school cadet band to play for the school’s tenth anniversary. I played it along with my classmates that year at the concert and the culmination ceremony, and it was a hit! The performance by the eighth grade cadet band, however, was not as polished as it could be. I wanted to make a good recording of the piece for myself somehow.
When I got admitted into the 2014 Stanford Youth Orchestra summer program, I decided that it was the perfect opportunity to get a group of the members to play it!
On July 24, 2014, we rehearsed the piece, recorded it, then played it again for that night’s informal talent show.
The original piece written for band, not wind ensemble. We had to substitute the alto and tenor saxophone parts with clarinets – a total of three clarinets. We also substituted the glockenspiel part with a keyboard. (Looking back, we seem to have overlooked the horn part – but it still sounds good anyway, even if the bass is a little lacking.)
Here’s the cast. I’m over in the left jamming on the percussion with counselor Matt Bacon.
- Jonathan Szin, conductor
- Emily Zheng, flute
- Billy Ferguson, oboe
- Kaisi Liu, clarinet
- Kristen Park, clarinet
- Isaac Selinger, clarinet
- Marko Fezjo, trumpet
- Matt Carr, trombone
- Grace Chit, keyboard (glockenspiel part)
- Matt Bacon, percussion (bass drum)
- Darryl Yeo, percussion (snare, cymbal)
Extra special thanks to Lucas Floyd for all of his help with organizing the rehearsal and recording the audio.