It’s Monday, and I don’t think I’m going to band rehearsal.
For the past 6 or 7 years I’ve played in the Plymouth Concert Band. It is definitely one of the better Wind ensembles in the Twin Cities. Rehearsals ever Monday and four concerts a year — unless you count the summer outdoor concert series. Mostly I’ve enjoyed it.
Except for last year.
In previous years, the repertoire has been mostly sight readable and semi boring, but with some challenging pieces that I actually had to work on a little. And some of the easier pieces were at least beautiful music– and making them dynamic and pretty was challenging enough.
But last year? The entire year it felt like the group took a step backward. People not prepared each week. Rough rehearsals. Some rough concerts. And not ONE piece was interesting or challenging to me. I was bored the entire season.
It’s hard to get motivated for a 2 hour Monday evening rehearsal (plus 45 minutes commute time) when you don’t like any of the music you’re playing. And when the group is starting to piss you off with lack of musicality.
So, as of right now, I’m taking a hiatus. I won’t be going to the first rehearsal this evening (and I’m a tad bit bummed out). I mean, I really like playing my trombone and being musical, so I am sure I will miss it.
But I won’t miss the frustration.
Perhaps if they notice my absence and the director would like me back, I may go. But only after seeing a list of the music.
I just can’t be bored again for 2 hours each week.