Mikey received special permission to play two instruments next year in the school band, and although he will take music class with the other 5th graders, he may do outside work with the junior high band. Like last year, for his birthday he requested from his grandparents money to go to music camp. Last year he learned the clarinet. This year, he’ll learn the bass clarinet. He brought one home on Monday to familiarize himself until he starts camp end of June. He was so excited when he got home! He opened that case with the same enthusiasm I reserve for opening a gallon of ice cream. Pure, unadulterated joy.
I’ve been looking for a music stand for Mikey for some time now. I didn’t want to spend the money on a nice wood one (they can cost several hundred dollars), but I didn’t like the look of the cheap black ones. I lucked out with Amazon and found a tomato red music stand that folds up into the size of a flute. It even comes with a carrying case! (Think cheap zippered pouch, not burl wood.) The price, $19.99, was exactly what I wanted to spend. I was afraid it was going to be some rickety cheap thing, and while he won’t ever use it to rest heavy books or files of music, it’s perfect for his needs now. I recommend it if you have a beginning band player. It comes in blue and purple, too.
I spent the night with Mikey looking at bass clarinet videos on youtube and vimeo. It’s how we found a French ensemble called Initiative H. They are a little bit of everything: jazz, big band, rock, classical, and even some sort of techno or ambient music. Mikey was amazed, and so was I. Their album doesn’t come out until October of this year, but they’ve produced a few videos. Deus Ex Machina was our favorite. It starts off slow, but midway through you figure out why a 10 year old boy (and his mom) would like it so much.
David Haudrechy – saxes, director. Ferdinand Doumerc – saxes, flute. Gaël Pautric – saxes, Bass clarinet. Nicolas Gardel, Nicolas Algans – trumpet. Olivier "Lapin" Sabatier – trombone. Lionel Segui – Bass trombone. Florent Hortal – guitar. Amaury Faye – Keyboards, piano. Julien Duthu – bass, Double Bass. Pierre Pollet – drums. Florent "Pepino" Tisseyre – percussion.