I’ll be honest: I’ve never thought of the clarinet as a sexy instrument. In school I played the drums. My second choice would have been the saxophone. Clarinet was far down the list, with maybe only the flute coming after it. I always thought of it as pretty, but quiet. Classic and solemn, not fast and hard core.
All of this changed during the U.S. Air Force Band concert I went to on June 27 at the WWII Memorial in DC. I think if my 5th grade self would have seen the concert, and particularly the clarinet solo performed by a friend of mine, she would have begged on hands and knees to be deemed worthy of playing the clarinet.
I felt it was the least I could do to make a short video of the performance. I have to say it was a lot harder in some ways than other videos I’ve done, I think because this time the focus was on the music and not the visuals. So it turned out a bit choppy, but hopefully it’s good enough to give you a taste of my friend’s mad clarinet skills: