Updated: Apr 29, 2021
with University of Nebraska, Omaha, Jazz Orchestra
Preparation à distance
Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Pete Madsen, has generously given me free rein as to how to virtually work with his full-sized, University-level Big Band. At first we'd hoped that the players might be in-person together in one room, and that therefore we could put some exercises into immediate practice à distance together, with me phoning in on zoom.
But, if school faculties have learned anything during COVID, it's the need to have a plan B (and C, and D 😳) ready to roll out, as regulations are constantly in flux.
So, within a week of the scheduled clinic, we quickly shifted gears, to prepare for a full-on Zoom clinic. C'est la vie.
Pete cleverly scheduled the workshop to follow closely on the heels of a "public" performance that had been streamed by the band on YouTube the week previous. This was an excellent opportunity for me to get a sense of "where the band is at" currently, and to anticipate w