OK, I'm just copying and pasting what I put on Team Camwell, so if you've read that, skip this. Stay tuned for a swab-stuck-in-oboe story.
I had a great time playing with Wicked, but it was very tiring, and I'm happy to be back home and back to the usual routine. Here are some photos from my last day at Wicked.
On Sunday October 18, the Des Moines marathon started and ended across the street from the Civic Center.
The Start Line
The Finish Line with the Civic Center on the left. Notice the Wicked display on the windows.
The Finish Line with some runners coming through.
I spent a lot of time with two other local musicians, Sonya (piano) and Sandy (flute). I will miss hanging out with our trio!
It turns out I know the touring drummer from my first year with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada! Romano Di Nillo! And...unfortunately he wasn't with the group when they came to Des Moines. He's on a leave of absence. Fortunately, there was an excellent drummer and super nice guy to take his place. Here's Rich in his drummer's cage. (Don't worry, they unlock it to let him out at the end of the show each night. They only forgot once in between shows on the weekend.)
As if those drums weren't enough, the show also uses a plethora of other percussion instruments. I couldn't get them all in one shot.
Ridiculous amount of percussion, angle 1:
Ridiculous amount of percussion, angle 2:
Ridiculous amount of percussion, angle 3:
Local musician Mark Dorr and his ridiculous amount of percussion set-up (I wonder: how much doubling does he get paid??):
Reeds 1, 2 and 3. Clarence (clarinets and soprano sax...wait, he doesn't want to publicly admit that he plays sax!), Jill (oboe, English horn) and Sandy (flutes). Sandy and I normally don't share a chair.
All the local musicians. Top row L-R: Contractor (as in the guy who hired me!) Harold, Sonya (keyboard), Brett (horn), Grady (trombone), Andy (trumpet), Gary (bass), Mark (percussionist with his eyes closed). Front row: Clarence, Jill, Sandy.
And finally, some photos for which I hope I won't get in trouble! The book that stared me in the face every night and four times a weekend for four weeks:
Everyone's favourite oboe solo in the show--I have to play right into the mic.
My least-favourite oboe solo in the show. This page is preceded by English horn stuff, then a super-quick change to oboe, continuous playing (not super-tough but hard enough), and hardly a change to breathe before a 6.5 measure solo. I usually left out most of the B before the solo so that the first notes of the solo would actually speak.
Some of the hardest music of the show: The Bow/Exit music! Of course, I nailed it each time. ;)
Back to reality now!