BUCKSPORT - It's an annual tradition of the University of Maine Symphonic Band, the opportunity to travel around the state and perform in various towns, but they also get to inspire younger artists.
From Bucksport High School students to Bath, these young performers will have the opportunity to listen and learn from a high class group... the UMaine Symphonic Band.
"It's great exposure for my kids as well as the community," Mark Neslusan, Band Director at Bucksport High School, says. "We don't always get this caliber of performance here in this town."
The exposure comes from the band's annual spring tour.
The group travels to different areas of the state performing a free concert. This year it's coastal Maine.
"One of the unique parts of this tour is to hear other bands play," Christopher White, Conductor for the UMaine Symphonic Band, says. "They get to see the communities they may end up working in at some point in their lives."
"What I enjoy the most is interacting with the kids," Katie DeRoche, a Senior who plays the clarinet in the band, says. "Giving them information about music after public school, and interacting with community members is nice to see. It's nice to see that people appreciate music and all the work we put into it."
Nine performances in four days, sounds like a lot, but these musicians are used to it. In fact, they look forward to it!
"A lot of the growth within our ensemble happens in the short four days we're on tour," DeRoche says. "So we spend the whole year rehearsing music and then suddenly it's warp speed trying to learn stuff."
Despite the cramming it's the feedback they receive from the audience and area students that makes this annual trip so rewarding.
"I think performing and bringing the music to the audience is a great feeling," White says. "Then having the audience talk to the kids after a performance about how much they enjoyed it, that's the best part. Bringing the music to the people and having them react positively to what we do."
The public concert Thursday night will be held at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport at 7:00.