Essay on Band Music Librarian

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Although many music librarians come to the position via performing, my career included several additional layers of being at the right place at the right time. Despite years of violin and viola lessons, I wasn’t dedicated enough to play professionally, and I knew enough about myself not to go into teaching; since I assumed those were the only two jobs in music, I went to college intending to become a radio producer. Job-hunting with the impressive-sounding “special interdisciplinary degree in audial arts,” but with my only hands-on experience on outdated equipment, I halfheartedly went to cattle calls for opera choruses, and eventually ended up at an Army recruiting office looking at jobs in telecommunications. While I was working through …show more content…
We have the luxury of three staff arrangers, so a significant amount of time is spent licensing new arrangements and assembling the resulting scores and sets of parts.
A year in the life of the Army Field Band generally revolves around three tours: 5-6 weeks each in the spring and fall, and 2-3 weeks around the fourth of July. Concentrating on tour areas defined by the Department of Defense, we cover the continental United States every two and a half years; including these touring performances, local and runout concerts, and educational recitals and clinics at home and on the road, the band logs about 600 commitments a year, more than all four teams of Budweiser Clydesdales combined. The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus travel together, taking four complete shows which they rotate through, plus additional music for use with video, guest conductors, student players, and “just in case.” The Jazz Ambassadors also tour with at least four complete concerts of music, while the rock band The Volunteers is of course more fluid in their programming, changing the set at any moment based on the audience, the hall, the day’s Billboard charts, or their general mood.
[Currently, all conductors are male. Also I am lazy.] Any arts organization experiences a more or less cyclic workload for performers and support staff alike leading up to, during, and following a performance, and
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