Concordia Band Recording Session

Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2013 by

Today and last night, the Concordia Band convened for some special time together making music. We had been busy for the last few weeks rehearsing music we had played earlier in the year. These rehearsals would culminate in this weekend’s recording session.

This was my first time in a recording session like today’s and last night’s. When I was in All-State bands, we had recording sessions, but we were limited by a time span of only one to two hours, in addition to a live performance that would also be recorded. The band spent six hours today and 90 minutes last night rehearsing and recording. I loved the focus of the ensemble. We would play an excerpt, and Dr. Haberman and Professor Beyers would critique us. We would then immediately make the necessary changes with little rehearsal–something I have never experienced before. The astounding musicianship of Concordia students impresses me every day.

The most inspirational part of the day was recording David Maslanka’s short symphony for band, “Give Us This Day.” I first heard this two-movement piece played by the St. Olaf Band. That was the first time in my life that a live performance shook me to my emotional core. I remember hearing the band’s powerful final chords and sitting in silent disbelief as the sound dissipated from the concert hall. Never would I have imagined that I would have the honor of not only performing but also recording the same piece. I cannot wait to get the CD on which we have worked so hard.

Cody warming up for today's recording

Cody warming up for today’s recording

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I’m Dan. I am a Spanish major after studying music education for two years, and I am in the class of 2015. Being a newfound Spanish scholar after training to become a teacher shows my diverse interests—I love languages, I love music, and I love learning. Most importantly, I get a lot of fulfillment from advocacy. Most recently, I have been assisting the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech impaired communicate via the telephone. My favorite things to do at Concordia are the CEC events like grocery bingo, theme dances, and trivia night. I grew up as the youngest of three children in the metropolitan town of St. Anthony Village, Minnesota. My house is literally a mile away from the city of Minneapolis, and I love every aspect of the city–unique shops, diverse people, and amazing arts.

When I’m with my friends, I enjoy playing board and card games (though they can get intense), watching TV and movies (I’m a huge fan of 30 Rock, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and reality TV), thrifting, and spending hours just chatting. Meeting friends who have these same interests as me has been one of the best parts of being at Concordia!