Sometimes (okay, actually quite often) I play the trombone. Since I started graduate school, I’ve been playing in a quite excellent community band. The music isn’t terribly challenging — maybe a couple of licks per concert that I have to practice — but it allows me an outlet for creating music, getting social interaction, and doing something besides linguistics once in a while.
Anyway, if you’re in the Pittsburgh area, this Saturday at 2:30, the band is putting on a festival for local ensembles. Three local bands will play a few selections each, and then there will be one band made up of a mish-mash of volunteers. This “Festival Band”, as it’s called, is a pretty neat phenomenon in the adult music world — a band gets together, rehearses for a day, and puts on a concert that night. It’s an exercise in focused musicality and is a lot of fun to participate in!
So come on out — it’s free, and it’ll be good for you.