We are so excited about the many prospects awaiting us this year(!), but before we get to them, let's reflect on the many highlights of the year most recently expired.
Early in the year in February, we gave the World Premiere of Flight of the Bumblebee, arranged for BACOUSTICS and wind ensemble at the NJ All State festival, performing with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Shortly thereafter, Imani Winds had a week long residency at Rutgers. The students had the opportunity to not only play with Monica Ellis in master class, but to also perform alongside her in another performance of Flight of the Bumblebee with the Rutgers Symphonic Winds.
Later in the Spring in May, we went on tour, visiting 11 schools!
June was a particularly busy month for us! We hopped on a train and headed up to the city to join forces with the double reed studios at NYU (hosted by Matt Sullivan and Kaitlyn Walker) as part of Make Music New York!
This was shortly followed by our benefit concert where we raised a bit of last minute funds for BASSOONAPALOOZA!
A few days later, we also had the opportunity to perform Flight of the Bumblebee with the Eastern Wind Symphony!
Italy, Italy, ITALY! July saw the inaugural international installment of BASSOONAPALOOZA! Joining forces with Summer Music in Tuscany, we were able to work with guest artist Sebastian Stevensson of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra!
In October, we had a great time at Rutgers Woodwind Day, debuting our amazing T-shirts and temporary tattoos (both of which are available for purchase!)
This Fall we also hosted our 2nd Annual MGSA Undergraduate Composition and Arrangement Competition! The winners were announced at our first UBER: Undergraduate Bassoon Ensemble Recital, held on December 7th! The winners were Austin Durham and John Boracci! We closed out the year with another mini-tour, visiting Wall Township High School and Bridgewater Middle School.
2016 was quite the fun-filled, bassoony year, and it ought to be quite the adventure as we try to top it this year!
Winter's Greetings and we wish you a Happy New Year!