Mira Costa Bands to Host Virtual ConcertDec 22, 2020 08:38AM ● By Dig Mb Staff
Distance Learning Creates Challenges, Opportunities
Mira Costa music students have been in a distance learning format since the beginning of the school year. Even though they have not been allowed to play their instruments together, Carlson, the music coaches, and the students have gone all-out to create a fun and memorable concert recording.
In addition to offering the same in-depth, nuanced music instruction the program is known for, the concert will feature special audio recording, production, and remote performance skils that students have had to learn over the past few months.
The new experience gave students a greater
opportunity to connect with their own creativity, noted Mara McPhee, a Mira Costa Band Booster leader and parent of two Mira Costa Band students. It allowed them experienced music
making in small ensembles as well as contributing to traditional
large-ensemble performances using cutting-edge digital recording and
audio production techniques.
For Marching Band and Colorguard, the season was reimagined both in terms
of content and schedule. Using “blue screen” filming techniques and
cutting-edge audio recording and production, students participated in
advanced virtual performance, culminating in an immersive digital show. These same techniques were used to create the pieces recorded by the
different bands for the winter concert.
"It has been a joy to see the Mira Costa Bands return to the Mira Costa
stage together with music that has been rehearsed, recorded and filmed
from their remote locations around town," said Carlson. "The bands have already
attended a virtual festival earlier this semester earning high marks
from the adjudicators as well as receiving their excellent commentary,
which we brought back into rehearsal to bring our audience an even
better performance at the concert."
(Here you can view a preview of the marching band and colorguard performance for the WBA Virtual Festival in November.)
More information about the concert can be found on the bands' website: Mira Costa Bands Winter Concert.