Nice note from happy band director :–)

It's always nice to receive feedback from folks who play the music I write.  Especially when it's like this kind note I just received from Arleen Wong, an instrumental music teacher in Pleasant Hill, California:

Hi Rick! The Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy Sax Quintet can NOT Thank You enough for the AWESOME arrangement of "Let My People Go". The guys are having a blast in rehearsal! 

Please let me know when you write more arrangements.  The guys said that "Mr. Hirsch should be our personal composer."  Wow!


Thanks, Arleen!


Here's the backstory:

Arleen's students have performed my Silent Night arrangement for saxophone quartet.  On Monday this week (three days ago), she sent me a note asking if I had any arrangements of Negro Spirituals that her students could perform at an upcoming African-American History Month event.

I didn't, but—in all honesty—I was looking for an excuse to write something on assignment, as I've been mired in the biz end of publishing for the past several weeks.  So, I asked her if she'd like me to write something for her by the end of the week.  She was game, so I sat down Tuesday and cranked it out.  Then, amusingly, I got a nice note from her the next morning to tell me that OOOPS, her student group is a QUINtet, not a QUARtet, as I had originally scored the arrangement. 

I did a quickie adaptation and got the freshly minted quintet treatment in her hands yesterday. Ta-DAH!  I can't always crank out music so readily, but somehow I managed to flip the switch and make it happen. 

And, the lesson for all you band directors and band leaders out there looking for an arrangement of such-and-such a tune: you never know until you ask.

Try me some time.  :-)

Posted on February 2, 2012 .