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Posted by Programming on 1/16/2020, 8:37 am, in reply to "Sparks
Pick your program, pick your rating!
If you have even the slightest doubt, pick something else. If you under program, pull out another piece to work on as well and also focus on sight reading.
As young directors, sometimes our egos and the desire to keep up with the Joneses is our biggest downfall.
I'm highly considering Sparks by Balmages as one of my contest pieces. I have pretty good flutes, trumpets, and low brass. My saxes, horns and clarinets are pretty average. I feel like those groups will come around and perform at a high level by April.
Is this a risky choice?
Second question, can you think of any song that might contrast with Sparks, grade 2 or possibly 3? I'm thinking Blue Ridge Saga, but I may out of my mind! I just want to give my NV Band a challenge.