Held firmly, yet fluidly,
tapered point an extension of your arm
movements indicate melodic shapes
set the tempo
express the mood
watch the dynamics
cue the instruments
make musical magic
My daughter was honored with leading the 7th and 8th grade band as the student conductor at the recent Band Extravaganza recital and concert. It was a total surprise to us that she was doing this! She lead them in a rendition of the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme. Apparently, she leads the band as the warm up conductor each week. She said that this was easy, as there was no difficult dynamics or anything. Unfortunately, my iPhone never takes videos of more than a few moments (I really hate my iPhone!) so it cuts out in the middle of the performance, but you get the idea. What you missed is the big finish, the bow... and the smile. We are so proud of her!
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