This morning, when out for my morning exercise walk, I heard what oddly sounded like an orchestra a couple blocks away, by the Civic Center in front of the courthouse. It went on for about 20 seconds, but then stopped. I had a couple of errands to run first, at the post office and library, but eventually decided to do a little investigation. The area the music was coming from is where the Farmers Market is held on Sunday, and there's also a band shell where they have concerts during the summer, so maybe something was up.
Something was up. And it was indeed a band. Everyone appeared to be Hispanic, so my assumption is that it was a rehearsal for a Cinco de Mayo performance. (Note: In the original posting, I wrote "the next day," since tomorrow is the 5th. One problem: it isn't Mayo. So, perhaps they're rehearsing for the concert in a month.) Anway... while they didn't sound like the L.A. Philharmonic they were actually enjoyable, all the more impressive since so many of the musicians were young -- some quite young. (One of the drummers, who did a respectable job on the snare, looked to be only about 12. You can see him on the left, in front of the bass drum. To be clear, almost everyone else was older. And there were a few adults.)
I took a short video of the rehearsal, about 46 seconds worth. (You'll note a young lady in the lower left who periodically looks my way. It wasn't her admiration of a skilled documentarian. It turned out that after I stopped, she crossed to the other end, politely waiting for me to finish...)
(Note: I was having some difficulty getting it to play, but it should be fixed now. So, if you tried before and it didn't work, all appears to be well now...)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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