Posted On Mar 29 2013
The Daniell Middle School 8-1 Band recently had the unique opportunity to receive feedback on their performance, directly from the composer. Using online video conference technology, the band linked up with Larry Clark, composer of “Whispers,” one of the band’s selections for its March 27 large group performance evaluation. The band played “Whispers” for Clark, who listened from his home in Florida and provided suggestions for improvement.
Mr. Clark spent additional time chatting with the Daniell band, sharing his background and inspiration for composing “Whispers.” He also allowed students interested in choosing music careers to ask questions about his career as a professional musician and composer.
Mr. Koji Mori and Mrs. Chrissy Holbrook, Daniell’s band directors, also use video conferencing between their own band groups. During 6th grade classes, woodwinds have class in one band room while the brass and percussion sections have class in the other. Both sections use webcasting to perform for one another, as student musicians share ideas and challenge their peers to perform at the highest levels of excellence.
Watch a video of the Daniell 8-1 Band’s performance for composer Larry Clark: