It’s been quite a while since my last post so a lot has happened. It’s finals season and everyone is basically cramming, shutting themselves away to “study,” procrastinating, traveling, or sleeping non-stop. Since I’ve finished five of my six final exams/practicals/projects and don’t have the last one until December 14th, I’ve been using this time for travel! More updates on that venture to come later!
For this entry, I just wanted to focus on my Pop Band Final Concert and Acapella since they consumed a lot of my time during those last few weeks of classes. I joined an Acapella group started by two of my friends, Carlin and Maggie (Carlin is the Asian guy below on the left, Maggie is the blonde in the group photo). We learned a couple songs, performed for the University Chorale and then began recruiting more members.
At the end of Homecoming week, for the closing event, we performed “I’ll Be There,” “New Soul,” “Auld Lang Syne,” and the crowd favorite, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” It was so much fun to be in an acapella group since that’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never got the chance to actually take part in. In the end, I met some cool folks and really appreciated the opportunity to be singing again.
A week or so before that concert, was my final concert with the International Pop Band, “Obrobini.” It was a really bittersweet moment because it was the last time we’d all be performing together.
The show had a lot of individual solos from the Level 100 students who were also being graded. There were a couple other bands performing too. Jonathan and Bobby performed a traditional Ghanaian piece for their final.
Being a part of this band was an interesting experience. It was a challenge to be a part of a group that had such different directional style than anything I’d ever experienced, not to mention I’ve basically always had sheet music to work with rather than complete improv the entire time. Still, it really helped me musically and I appreciate all that I learned from this group. I won’t miss having 10pm-midnight rehearsal, but I will miss the amazing and talented friends I made and having my UC friends come out to support me every week! OBROBINI!