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The UD Wind Ensemble performs for an international audience at the 2022 WASBE Conference, Great Hall at Žofín Palace.
University of Delaware Wind Ensemble was one of only eight ensembles
invited to play at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and
Ensembles (WASBE) Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in July of 2022.
WASBE was established to promote the international exchange of music
and ideas. The participating musicians go beyond their national borders
and move beyond cultural awareness to remind us all that art and music
informs, inspires, empowers enlightenment and fuels change.
The UD Wind Ensemble’s 49 students and four faculty and staff
members, under the direction of Lauren Reynolds, director of concert
bands for the School of Music, played three concerts in eight days at
stunningly beautiful venues around the magical city of Prague. Evenings
when not performing were spent by attending other performances, like the
U.S. Marine Band and the Prague Castle and Czech Police Band concert at
St. Vitus Cathedral. Students experienced the planning, process, and
discipline of rehearsal and performances bookended by international
travel, and the pleasure and wonder of new cultural experiences.
Reynolds shared a few thoughts in a question-and-answer format.
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The 2022 UD Wind Ensemble gathers before heading to the St. Vitus
Cathedral for a joint concert by the U.S. Marine Band and the Prague
Castle and Czech Police Band.
Q: With all of those musicians, instruments and luggage, did any of it end up in Peoria instead of Prague?
Reynolds: Organized, detailed dissemination of important
information early and often, and planning, planning, planning.
Instruments were hand-carried, checked, or rented from local sources. A
baritone saxophone was damaged in travel but playable: claim filed. One
very important bag of specialized percussion instruments that had
apparently flown around on its own tour provided the drama when it
arrived only minutes before the most important performance of the tour,
to the great relief of the percussion soloists.
Q: What was your favorite part of the tour?
Reynolds: My favorite part of the tour was watching the proud
expressions on my students’ faces as they took in the thunderous
applause after their performance at the WASBE Conference. That memory
will be imprinted on my mind for the rest of my life.