Monthly Archives: July 2015

the many pluses of band camp

camp show

Opie just finished up a week of band camp. It’s a short little camp, 1.5 hrs a day for 5 days, with a performance this afternoon.

It’s been absolutely great.

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best laid plans

Photo Jul 29, 8 17 06 PM

We went to one of the free summer concerts today: Longwood Symphony Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade playing “The Firebird” and “Gaîté Parisienne.” I was determined to make it a success — checked for oboe parts, found out how long the pieces last, looked up the stories of the ballets so we could read while we listened, and maybe appreciate the music a little more. Brought a picnic and blanket. I was looking forward to it because I’m not sure I have ever heard either of these.

Except when we got there the program had totally changed.

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band camp

Today was Opie’s second day of a week-long band camp. Just 1.5 hrs a day, with a short performance at the end. As best I can tell, it is going well. It’s difficult to sort out music-related comments from “boys are annoying” ones, and since she is the only girl, there are a lot of annoying boys.

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what have I done?

piano edit Photo Jul 14, 12 00 36 AM

Still working out the ramifications of my latest decision: Opie is going to start learning piano in addition to oboe. She’ll do a separate, shorter lesson with Teacher on a different day. The plan is for her to learn both piano and theory.

There are still a few details to work out, like, a piano(!).

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