Jazz Critique

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"The President's Own" United States Marine Band performed Monday October 2,

2006 at 8pm in the PAC. The director was Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Colburn and the

assistant director was Captain Jason K. Fettig. The different numbers in the performance

were "Summon the Heroes", "Guillaume Tell Duo Brillant", "The High School Cadets",

"Scherzo and Finale" from Symphony No. 4 in F minor, "Semper Fidelis", "Lincolnshire

Posy", "American Spirituals", and "The Stars and Stripes Forever". The different

instruments played were flutes, clarinets, saxophone, cornets/trumpets, horns, trombones,

tubas, bass, and keyboard. There were other instruments used that used but I was not able

to identify them. When I looked at the pamphlet they were piccolo, oboe, bassoon,

euphonium, and percussion. I didn't know there were different types of clarinets.

I thought the performance was interesting. I went in not really knowing what to

expect. I didn't that the event was so formal, that the band would be so big, and that it

was such a popular event. The band was dressed in their marine attire and looked very

organized and professional. The band played very well. The music sounded like the

music you hear in the background of movies. Some of the songs were up beat or up

tempo and I didn't mind listening to them. Some of the other songs were kind of boring

and a drag to listen to. The songs sounded like very traditional songs that should be

appreciated. Being in this class and going to this performance allowed me to recognize

different things with music that I wasn't able to before. I am able to recognize more

instruments than before. I am also able to recognize the beats, meters, and tempo better

than before. I still have room for improvement but after doing a couple more of these

assignments I will be in better shape. Overall I thought the performance was great and the

music was just okay.
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