John Philip Sousa might be not be turning over in his grave tonight, but I’m afraid he may be shifting a little. It’s all my fault.

As the top vote-getter in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra’s Make Me A Maestro competition, I’ll be conducting the orchestra in Sousa’s rousing "Stars and Stripes Forever" march this weekend. Trouble is, at this evening’s orchestra rehearsal my tempo was WAY too slow. I thought I saw several of the musicians nodding off during the piece.

We’ll be picking it up considerably Saturday evening at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Empire Arts Center. See you there.

2 Responses

  1. Nick

    You mean to tell me that, unlike the high school days, the orchestra actually follows the conductor after all the practice sessions? Wondering, too, if you are left-handed, Terry—realizing conductors always have their baton in their right hand. (Why is that, anyway?) And…can’t visualize you in tails, not at all. (Having Sam Silverman around to fit a tux for this event might be a welcome thing.)

    Just some thoughts at early-morning hour.

    Oh. And sending some best wishes along, too…knowing full well you’ll shine at this, just as you always manage to do.

  2. Terry Dullum

    Nick…. Excellent question: Why does a conductor always hold the baton in the right hand? I’ll find out from my new mentor James Hannon.

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