May 6, 2008
I’m back from a quick two-stop trip over the weekend. It started on Friday, when I flew up to the California central valley for a performance of “Strange Humors” with the Lodi High School Honor Band, conducted by David Vickerman.
The performance was at PM Hutchins Street Square, which in the past has hosted performances by such luminaries as 70’s “magician,” Gallagher…
… and New Age “musician” George Winston!
The concert had theatrical lighting and video projections. Here, David conducts a performance of Steve Bryant’s piece, “Dusk.”
Hey, I’m up next!
The performance — and the djembe soloist in particular — was awesome.
Here, David thanks the donors, including this monkey.
It was David’s final concert with the band before he leaves to attend grad school. The band and the parents gave him a warm send-off.
And the band gave me perhaps the coolest souvenir I’ve ever received from an ensemble — the head of a djembe, destroyed during a particularly enthusiastic rehearsal, signed by the entire band.
Thanks for the great visit!