G is for Gig

G is for Gig

Well....concert would be a more accurate term for what I'm going to talk about but that starts with a C and I needed a word that started with G and this was the best I came up with. Yeah it's slang, yeah it's not grammatically correct, but it just so happens to be the best word for the topic of this post. Hmph.
What in the world is a gig? You may ask this question. seems to have several different meanings for the word 'gig', and the definition I wanted the bottom. Welcome to my life...
noun, verb, gigged, gig·ging. Slang .
a single professional engagement, usually of short duration, as of jazz or rock musicians.
any job, especially one of short or uncertain duration: a teaching gig out west somewhere.
–verb (used without object)
to work as a musician, especially in a single engagement: He gigged with some of the biggest names in the business

Today, as you may have guessed, we had a little concert, or, as we may as well call it, a gig. It was a judged affair and went very very well. In our clinic/critique afterwards the judge basically just told us we were awesome, he didn't have anything to work on with us. That was pretty cool, I guess they really thought we were good. We'll just have to see what our final score came out to be.
Our pieces were called Deer Path Dances, Country Wildflowers and Sky Dance. Sky Dance was by far my favorite. It was really high and big and bold and fast and plain AWESOME. Totally cool.
Now just time to prepare for our Pops Concert at the end of May. I know we're playing a medley of Elton John stuff, a piece called Music for a Darkened Theater which is like a medley of songs from action/thriller/horror movies, and a third tune that may or may not be a concert band arrangement of Owl City's Fireflies! I know my band director bought the chart and the score earlier this year and he was thinking of doing it for this upcoming concert and I'm really hoping that he will. I would so love to play that song in band...


Lucy said...

Ms. Schmearer will enjoy the Elton John medley ;)

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

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Joe Richardson said...

My daughter played an honors band gig last night with 100 other students from area high schools.

It. Was. Amazing.

I forget how live music can make your spirit fly. How can I forget that when it happens every time?

Stick with the music. It's a gift to yourself and to others.

And congrats on the great gig!

g: Gideon in the Graveyard

Sally said...

Lucy- Yes. Yes she will.

Deirdra- Wow, thanks! I picked it up and will put in on here soon.

Joe- I've been in several honors bands with a ton of other really talented musicians and yes, it's some of the most fun experiences I've had in music :)