Monday, August 23, 2010

Audition Day...

So, today is my first day to do stuff "officially" as a Belmont Student.  As of 5:15 today, I'll be auditioning on drumset for one of the 20-30 some-odd small groups here at Belmont.  After today, there'll be a cut and call-back auditions are tomorrow.  Assuming that I make that cut, I'll audition then and be placed in a group.

Needless to say, I'm super nervous about the whole process.  It's my first time to go "toe-to-toe" with some of these great musicians and see how we stack up.  Pretty intimidating.

It's been strangely humbling to walk around the halls here.  To listen to everyone else in the other practice rooms and to hear how good they are.  It's scary to walk by a room, hear someone playing stuff that I've never heard of and then to look and see that they're only 19 years old... Woof.

But, as humbling as it is (and it should be), it's actually pretty reassuring too.  I mean, I auditioned just like them.  And just like them, I got accepted to this school, to play drums, just like them.  So, I suppose that I can pull my own weight as well. In the words of my father-in-law: I Belong.

It's not going to do me any good to speculate and to wax hypothetical about who can play what until we get in the classes and start playing together.  Start taking lessons.  Start meeting people and playing in new groups.

That is super exciting.

So, I'll keep you updated.  By the time most of you find out that this blog exists, the auditions will be over and I'll be placed (or not) in an ensemble.

It's time to get real and put up or shut up.  Bring it, Belmont.


I made the first round of auditions and will be competing again today at 1 and 6 for a spot in the groups.

2nd Update:

I made a group!!!  I'm in Jazzmin, which is supposed to be a really great group that tours and records, so, that's exciting.  Either way, it's an honor just to have been selected for any group.  Super big deal.