Hi everyone! This is Yuan Khai here and today I will share with you my freshie experience in TRIO Camp 2015! When I was first approached by my senior about TRIO, I thought it would be a simple, normal band camp where we would have several band practices, an intro to a wind band and that’s about it. Never would I have expected to have tons of fun and excitement across 2 short days…
The best thing about joining TRIO Camp is that we freshies get to experience the different playing styles of each music group – Jazz Band, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Orchestra. It helps us decide which band’s style would suit us better, and where we would like to continue our musical journey in NUS.
Coming from a wind band in junior college, I did not have any prior experience in jazz, which was why the jazz band group experience was an eye-opener for me. As the pieces are usually in swing timing, I found it hard to follow the score but I got used to it after a while. Nevertheless, the pieces we played were really cool and joyful.
When I joined Wind Symphony’s group experience, I was overwhelmed by the massive 10-member trumpets section who greeted me with wide arms. It was very enjoyable to play with them, as my seniors guided me patiently and corrected my errors whenever I made mistakes. Since I was in a wind band in my junior college, playing with Wind Symphony is a familiar experience to me and it feels like home.
Besides, it was also a joy to play with the NUS Symphony Orchestra. During our practice, I could feel the professionalism in each musician as everyone did their best despite having the need to play the same pieces for hours consecutively. As a trumpet player, the most notable difference I found between SO and WS is that we have to listen carefully to the strings and blend to their sound smoothly, so that we will not drown out their sound.
Despite our group members being rather awkward with one another initially, the warming up game sessions have been useful in breaking the ice between us, allowing us to get comfy with each other.
We got to learn new skills and to improve our playing from professional musicians during the masterclasses. I remember the most interesting thing I learnt was when our tutor taught us how to tap a confusing combination of 2 beats per count with our right hand and 3 beats per count with our left hand. It took me 15 minutes to multitask with my hands and it really wasn’t an easy task (Do try it out yourself!).
At the end of our second day, we were given a chance to showcase our creativity by performing a skit with our chosen title – “The Hunger Games”. After several brainstorming sessions, we have decided to make a parody by naming it “Jyh Harng 的 (de) Games” (Jyh Harng was our OGL), a story of how contestants in a game show organized by Jyh Harng strives to impress him.
At the end of the day, we managed to win an ice cream voucher… WHICH MEANS post-camp ice cream outing!!!!
It was a really enriching camp and I had lots of fun making music and playing games with my fellow group mates. Despite coming from different music groups, this camp has provided us a great opportunity to interact with one another and foster stronger bonds between musicians of the different groups.
To end off, here’s a video montage from last year’s TRIO Camp:
Hope to see you at the next TRIO Camp! ☺