Friday, November 9, 2012

The Commodores swing into the country music capitol

by MU1 Dave Perkel
Portland High School Band students enjoyed the
Commodores concert.
It's hard to believe that the Commodores have been on the road for more than two weeks now! I have been in the Commodores for ten years, and this has certainly been one of my favorite tours. The band sounds absolutely incredible every night, and the soloists are all very inspiring. As the lead trombonist, I sit right in the middle of the band, and it is truly a pleasure to be surrounded by so many talented musicians. Everyone plays at such a high level and I can't help but think, “I can’t believe this is what I do for a living!”

On the other side of the spectrum, the camaraderie and respect from all of the band members have been making the occasional long bus rides, “set-ups and tear downs”, and down time quite enjoyable. The positive attitudes of all of the band members make for a very comfortable and professional environment.

After each concert, a few members of the band greet patrons and thank them for attending the performance. It is always a treat meeting audience members and chatting with them for a few minutes. Additionally, the sponsors have been so gracious and welcoming in each city. This was no exception in Nashville as Mr. Steve Rhodes made sure the house was full at the Collins Alumni Auditorium. The audience at tonight’s concert was absolutely fantastic, and this was very much appreciated by everyone in the band.

We are off to Cookeville, Tennessee tomorrow, and we are looking forward to performing at Tennessee Tech University!

About the Author

MU1 David M. Perkel MU1 Dave Perkel, a native of St. Louis, MO has been a member of the Commodores Jazz Ensemble since 2002.

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