Our members come to us from across the Metroplex. Our typical member is a former college music major who retains a continuing interest in performing challenging literature. We also have a large number of local Band Directors. Experience levels vary from freelance professional and former service band members to those with only high school experience. We average more than 55 players per performance.
We believe in preparing each work as an ensemble to share a musical experience with our audience. Our concert schedule does not necessarily allow a lot of time between concerts, therefore, we ask that all musicians come to rehearsals prepared so that rehearsals can be productive. Rehearsals are normally held at one of several sites in the Dallas area on Thursday nights from 7:35pm until 9:35pm.
We perform formally in concert and, on a limited basis, informally outdoors at area civic events. Formal performance seasons consist of four to five indoor concerts per year. Our performance season runs generally from Fall through Spring, with a break from early July to early September. Our official concert attire is Conservative Concert Black: black tux for gentlemen and conservatively tasteful black dress for ladies. Informal event attire is our Black Polo shirt with band logo and Khaki pants.
The week before a major concert involves a series of rehearsals, usually Thursday and Friday, from 7 to 10 PM and a three-hour Saturday afternoon dress rehearsal, in preparation for a Sunday evening concert. Attendance at all three rehearsals is mandatory. There is also a Sunday afternoon sectional rehearsal, usually a week or two before a concert. Major concert dates are announced to the ensemble at least nine months ahead to allow for proper scheduling on the part of the musicians.
We allow some time at the beginning of each preparation period for reading before beginning focused rehearsals. This period of reading largely determines the next concert's program. Therefore, we require regular attendance for the entire preparation period to include everyone's preferences and cover all parts for a true hearing of all the music.
Membership is open to any adult musician or mature High School student that enjoys the challenge of preparing and performing serious concert literature. New members are required to audition for the Music Director. We ask that you make a personal commitment to regularly attend rehearsals, prepare properly and help others. Our goal is continuous improvement, individually and as an organization.
There is also a nominal membership fee collected once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
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