Ensemble playing in an outdoor environment can be one of the most challenging endeavors we face as educators. Beyond just the sheer listening environment and spatial demands, we must have a clear understanding of how the various percussion ensembles fit into the picture and how they work and interact with the wind section.
One of the most challenging aspects of being a director is programming a concert. Balancing the interests of the musicians as well as the audience can be a large task.
Having a strong show concept can take you far in marching competition, but the ability to make great mid-season adjustments is something that sets the top programs apart.
When a great screen actor takes on a stage role, they significantly adapt their technique for the larger venue. I think that’s a reasonable analogy for the challenges we as educators face when taking the music ensemble to an outdoor setting.