Music Stand Fronts or Banners
Suzy has been working on banners for the front of the Microsoft Jazz Band sax section stands. This is our third Big Band incarnation and the first Big Band (the Woodinville Jazz Ensemble) we belonged to could never make up their minds about whether to have stands or banners. For the uninitiated, the front or banner helps present a unified front by hiding the legs of the musicians, tapping feet and all. The stands fronts/banners also can hide gear that would otherwise show like water bottles, music books/file folders, and the like.
So for the second Big Band started this year, the Pacific Cascade Big Band and the MJB I’ve asked Suzy to create banners with the ability to attach the two different logos using velcro. The banners can also be used for my combo the Dissonance, so the material is long enough for those gigs which has us standing rather than sitting.
In my opinion the problem with hard stand fronts is that they are not adjustable. So when a soloist stands up, the musician must have all their solos memorized or be able to read music from more than a yard away. If you are playing lead tenor, that’s a lot of solo’s to memorize. And if you are not a professional musician, have a day job, maybe, just maybe you don’t have time for memorizing ten solos that you might have in a night’s gig.
Some of the more observant readers might notice Amelia, our new German/Aussie Shepherd puppy who is now 14 weeks old. She finds it very difficult to stay out of pictures. I wonder if she will learn to sing with Suzy and me as we practice our instruments. ;o)
Also you might note the tuner on that hand stand mount. When you play more than one instrument, having the tuner handy is very helpful. I have an okay ear, but sometimes it’s nice to know the piano is 10 cents sharp and that it’s not you who where out of tune. You still have to adjust, but it eliminated some of the, “Am I crazy or…” dialogs that can go on when you are performing.
The trial run of these banners will occur this Friday at Crossroads of Bellevue where the Microsoft Jazz Band will be performing as part of the United Way/King County Day of Caring. I’ll try to get pictures and a video. Cheers.