On Friday September 12th I went home for the weekend and attended my high school’s football game in Louisville. I thought it was exciting to go back to my former school as an alumni. I was even more excited about seeing the marching band. I was the captain of the color guard for three years and was anxious to see what the show would consist of this year. I couldn’t wait for the halftime show and wanted to hear what the band would sound like.
I sat in the stands and had an overwhelming feeling of excitement as the drum major lead the band on the field. The beat coming from the drum line ran through my head, it was an allegro tempo. Then as the band came to a stop the beats ceased and the band members took their places of the field. The drum major took his spot on the podium and started conducting. The pit keyboards started the show. They were playing the first movement of their show, Communiqué.
The first movement lasted about three and a half minutes. It has a constant tempo and rhythm. There were three soloists in this movement as well. The trumpet solo was mezzo forte and tied in with the theme of the music. While the soloists were playing, the remaining members of the band were facing backfield putting even more emphasis of theses members. There was an impact point in this movement that I truly enjoyed. While they were playing at a faster tempo, they then paused and started playing slower. This really put a dramatic twist to the music.
The second movement, or the ballad, was the slower part of the show. The tempo was then adagio. I didn’t really enjoy this movement because of this. The music sounded great, but I just got a little bored and was waiting for the tempo to liven up again. Even though the tempo was slower in this movement the pitch of the instruments were much higher at times.
The third movement was just as exciting as the first. The theme of the music was repeated again and it tied the whole composition together....