My name is Steven. Both Wenny and I have stayed in wind band club for three years. This year is my third year to join the band. Although both of us are busy, we still take time to practice and enjoy every performance. On 19th May, it was our third concert in NPTU, and I think that it was the most tough concert in my college life because of the level of music works which we played are not easy and the number of members gradually decrease maybe because some people are busy for school works, others are busy for part-time job, they don’t keep participating in the club. Owing to the number of members, we must find many people who can help us to performance on the stage to make sure the performance better. When we organized the process of the concert, it is hard to find people from other band; fortunately, we finally found enough number of members to support our performance and most of them are from NPUST and Pingtung Senior High School. We all appreciate their assistance.
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My name is Wenny Hsu. As Steven said, this time is our third concert in NPTU. I still can recall that when Steven and I were freshmen, we just know nothing and feel everything was fresh and new for us. Someday, Steven asked me to join the first practice of this first semester in our freshman year. Then Steven was late. (HAHA! It was not the main point) Then, in a blink of an eye, we have been in wind band for almost three years. We used to be newbies, and we overcame many challenges and tasks, turning into “elders” in the club. In preparation period of this concert, some freshmen and sophomores reminded me of myself at their age. Some people invited dozens of classmates to take part in our concert and took plenty of pictures after finish, who reminded me of our freshman time. Some people were in the main working group and took the responsibility of organize the concert, who reminded me of our sophomore year.
This concert is a big change for me. This is my first time to play the French horn in a concert. I was a flute player, but now I am a horn player. The shape of the French horn and flute are different. The flute is about 67 cm long and light, not heavy. On the contrary, the name “horn” means the horn of animals. French horn used to be made from animal’s horn. But, now French horn is made of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. The weight of horn is about 2 kg. So those who play the horn get muscle on their arm. Just a joke. LOL. The way of playing the flute and the horn are extremely different. The flute makes sounds by the vibration of the air we blow in to the flute; one the other hand, the horn makes sounds by the vibration of our lips with the mouthpiece. In the beginning of playing the French horn, it was a hard time. I had to try to adjust my lips to play it. It’s needed to change the way of using our lips when we play the different instruments. After practicing for about one year, I gradually get to realize how to play the French horn.
This year, we chose several classical masterpieces and pop music such as Les Misérables, Perseus which was composed by a Japanese composer, Satoshi Yakisawa, and J-pop music, etc. These works are not easy for us, and we should practice more so that we can performance well on the stage. Take trumpet for example, almost every member has solo part and it was difficult for me to finish perfectly on the stage because of being nervous.
Both a freshman and I played the solo part in Les Misérables and the video is shown below:
2017 NPTU Wind Band – Les Misérables
In addition, we played Wenny’s favorite piece, The Cry of the Last Unicorn. This is adapted from Peter S. Beagles’ fantasy novel, The Last Unicorn. This piece describes the sad and dangerous journey of the last unicron to human world. The video is shown below:
Although this concert is not perfect enough, everyone in the band devote oneself to this annual concert. From the administrative work to band practice, performance is a team work not an individual work, so everyone is important. We cooperate with others to finish many tasks and I have learnt the importance of cooperation. Not only do I enjoy the pleasure of playing the music, but I also learn a lot from the band, including communicative skills, interpersonal relationships and so on. I make good friends in the band because we enthusiastic about the music and we have created several memories. I am not sure if I will stay in the band because of being busy for graduation, but I still love wind band and hope the next year will become better than now.
Finally, if you are free, don’t forget to join our concert next year!
We are sure you will have a unforgetable night!