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2011 Regional Music Trip

The annual Northwest Regional music event is a Ram Fan highlight of the year.  It generally means a trip out of town, a day way from school/work (Friday), interesting clinicians, new restaurants, too much fast food, starbucks every morning, lots of rehearsal time, snaps, and three excellent concerts on Saturday afternoon: choir, orchestra, and band.  This year’s event met all expectations.

Prescott High School hosted the Northwest Regional event this year.  A complete remodel and expansion of the band room was finished just 48 hours before we arrived.  The room was awesome.  Bright.  Big.  Not acoustically offensive.  Professor Jay Rees, Associate Director of Bands at the University of Arizona, and the creative genius behind the Pride of Arizona marching band, was on the podium in the new room.  According to the note on the whiteboard, the 160 or so members of the regional band thought he was awesome.  Indeed!

The regional orchestra had the main auditorium for the weekend and had the opportunity to work with Dr. Walter Temme, who teaches at Mountain View High School and is conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphonette Orchestra.  Put the Arizona Music Educator of the Year in front of the best-of-the-region orchestra musicians and the music is…. frosty.  [The Ram Fan first saw Dr. Temme when he conducted the regional orchestra six years ago in Lake Havasu.  He was a sick conductor then too!]

The choir spent the weekend with Craig Peterson, of Mesa Community College.  It was cool watching Peterson bring out the best of the choir.  There is something magical about the music that a large vocal ensemble makes, especially when the director conveys passion for excellent music!

Can’t wait for next year.  Maybe there will be some Rams in the upcoming All State event.  That would be pretty sweet!  So go practice.  Gooooosh.