#MotivationMonday is where we share awesome musicians doing crazy awesome things in the hopes of motivating us all to work just a little bit harder each week.
This week's #MM features the Corey Band, "officially the world's number one brass band," a rank it has maintained for the past eight years!
While they were founded in 1894 under the name "Ton Temperance," they changed their name to the "Corey Band" in 1895 to recognize the patronage and sponsorship of Sir Clifford Cory, Chairman of Cory Brothers. In 1920 the band gained championship status and three years later achieved the distinction of performing what is believed to have been the first radio broadcast by a brass band.
Since the appointment of Dr. Robert Childs to the position of Musical Director in 2000, the group has been nearly unstoppable in competition. They are currently making their second tour of the United States, focusing on the east coast.
What to watch for:
Have you ever been late to a meeting or class and, in an attempt to make better time, began running? Did you arrive to your destination in a clear or calm headspace? Probably not.
When we're running in a stressful situation, we tend to think thoughts that get us more stressed like: "I'M LATE, I'M LATE, I'M SOOO LATE!" or: "EVERYONE IS GOING TO BE SO MAD AT ME!" Pepper in some expletives and you are no longer able to think straight or make sound judgements.
In a performance, we're not often running on stage, but we can still experience similar symptoms: increased levels of adrenaline, a pounding heart, difficulty catching our breath, etc. These are especially true when the music is at a quick tempo and we have a lot of notes.
So how do we keep from compounding the problem with stressful thoughts?
The band is playing incredibly fast and athletic lines, but notice how placid their bodies and faces are. Sure, some frown a little, but they definitely don't look (or sound) like they're struggling.
"Run Calmly" is a simple, gentle reminder you can use while you're playing technically difficult licks to help stay centered and preserve your sound judgement (and sound!) on stage.
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