Currently, the Fort Worth Symphonic Band rehearses at the Riverside Recreational Center
located at 3700 E. Belknap (Mapsco 64J), Fort Worth, Texas.
Time and Date
Rehearsals are held every Monday night beginning at 7:00 pm and lasting until 9:00 pm.
The concert season for the band begins in January and ends in
December with a break over the Christmas/New Year's period.
Music is provided and organized by the Band Librarian. Since we
perform 12 -15 concerts per year, this job is a monumental task
as music is constantly changing, depending on the venue of the concert or the
holiday. To help with this task, certain rules must be
followed so we don't lose our librarian when he/she runs down the
hall pulling his/her hair out and then gets lost in the park after
leaving the building, just because someone didn't follow the rules.
I am pretty sure this is what happened to the last one.
Each week the
band brings a large, opaque box to rehearsal.
Your music folder and the current week's rehearsal music should
be in the box, provided you left your folder from the previous
rehearsal. If you took your music home with you to practice,
then bring it back. The band librarian or director will give you any extra music you might not have if
you took the music home.
It is generally a better practice to return your folder to the
box the dress rehearsal
each performance. While mildly humorous, this does
keep the second-chair players from panicking should the first
chair player get lost coming to the concert, becomes ill, or just not make it in
time. Also, occasionally sneak a peak at the solos in the first
part, particularly if you're sitting second chair...just in case.
Section Leaders, check with your section at the rehearsal prior
to a concert to make sure who will be there, along with the
Our rehearsal area is not a full-sized rehearsal hall, so
therefore the band has developed some practices to maintain our
sanity and sanitation.
Once the director,
concert master, band officer, or
whoever steps on the
podium, all talking ceases. Each rehearsal will begin promptly
at 7:00 pm with the Concert Master giving a tuning note.
This not only allows a band to
become better disciplined and maximizes rehearsal time, it keeps
your eyes from melting in their sockets because of the searing
look you'll receive from the podium. Sunglasses
don't work! Therefore, it's just safer to not talk when the podium is
occupied. Remember: SAFETY FIRST!
(Section Leaders help protect the eyes of your section; if you
can't see - you can't read the music ... and most of you can't ad
Questions or comments about the interpretation of the music is
best discussed with the director outside of rehearsal time.
During performances, no talking between pieces. The director is
usually introducing the next piece and the audience doesn't care
to hear about what you did last night.
Warming up before rehearsal begins is random and up to the
individual or section leader. This doesn't mean you can play as
loud as you want to the irritation of those around you. At the
beginning of each rehearsal, however, the concert master will
stand to give a tuning note.
Generally, we will start tuning with the low voices first (low
brass) then ending with our upper voices (flutes, clarinets).
Watch the director and don't play out of sequence.
Unless instructed by the director, all noodling and warm-up
ceases between pieces.
safety first... condensation, particularly from
brass instruments, can quickly become a problem and a safety
hazard when you empty your slides on a tile floor. Use a
newspaper, paper towel, rag, wash cloth, a trumpet player's
shoe, a flute case, your own pants leg or whatever to keep condensation off the
floor. Tuba players should bring their own bucket.
It is certainly understood that you can't make every rehearsal
or concert throughout the year. Because of the variety of music
that we play, it is important that we know the type of
instrumentation that will be available, particularly for
concerts. If you cannot make a rehearsal or concert -- or if
you will be out for awhile, let us know.
Bring your own music stand. The band does not own any music
stands. While wire stands work well, it has been the experience
of some of our older musicians that the only good a wire stand
serves is to pinch fingers, short-circuit car batteries and set
cars on fire. You may want to go to the local music shop and
invest in a more substantial folding stand or a standard
On occasion, you will
find that a battery-powered stand light or reading light will
help in those venues where electricity is unavailable or any ambient lighting isn't in
your favor. The band
does not own stand lights.
Clips, Pencils and Plexi-glass:
At some point in your career with the Symphonic Band, you'll discover
why old people live as long -- and thrive -- as they do. It is
develop shortcuts in life that allow them to do the same thing
as an 18-year-old, but without all of the extra effort.
and Braille, are useful for writing notes on music.
Braille is particularly helpful if you talked while the director was on the podium and now you're suffering some
sort of eye injury. Never use a pen on the music because the
librarian will cause the same type of eye injury as you would
get from the guy on
the podium if you were talking. Besides, a pen won't fit that neat little pencil-holder doohickey thing that attaches to your lead pipe that you can
get over the internet for about $2.
Clothespins, music stand clips, and paper clips are your friend,
particularly at outdoor concerts. But plexi-glass is your better
friend. It is a great invention for getting rid of clothespins,
music stand clips, and paperclips during outside concerts. If
you take a 10" x 17" piece and put it on top of your music
you'll forever bless us old people for this idea. Just don't
throw your instrument case on top of it after the first
concert... it does break. Don't throw that wire stand on your