By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS
It takes motivation and a substantial sense of purpose to make this kind of commitment. Summer band camp has begun for all members of the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band. Participation requires a large commitment of time and energy so that Tarpon fans can enjoy a good halftime show on football Fridays, beginning August 30.
One such student/musician who has made the commitment is senior saxophone player, Alondra Fleming. The Press found Fleming in the high school band hall this week and she took the time to share her thoughts about the business of playing in one of the best marching bands around.
The dream of being a sax player started in grade school. “In elementary school I knew I wanted to play saxophone. Then, when I got to sixth grade and I made it to saxophone, I was really excited. I thought, ‘Oh my God, my dream instrument, saxophone – I finally did it.’”
There are several types of saxophone and Fleming can play all of them, but for marching band she concentrates on the alto saxophone. “I play soprano sax for solo and ensemble contests and I got Division I ratings at the most recent contest.”
The band as a whole is just starting to learn the new show that is still being written, and Fleming likes what she has seen and heard of the music so far.
“I’ve only heard the first part and, so far, it seems pretty spicy. There are two altos that are being featured for solos, so I’m really excited as to how that’s going to turn out.”
This is Fleming’s fourth year in the Silver Tarpon band and she really does love it.
“I’m pretty passionate about it and I enjoy it. We have our ups and downs but we’re just a big family and we all come together. It’s good.”
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