From playing to listening

Thursday, December 17, 2020

The honour has befallen onto me again to write another blog. As some of you already have noticed in the blogs, most of the current Board members have an affinity to music, whether it is making it or listening to it. I currently fall into the latter category, as I currently like it more to listen to my record player than playing myself. While I still lived with my parents I fell in the first category though. To be warned, this will be another blog about music :P

My relationship with music started quite a few years ago, when I joined drum classes at the age of 7. Most of you probably will imagine a drum kit, but I started playing on a snare drum, which is just a single drum and seemed kind of boring to most people. To me, it was quite a nice instrument though. It enforced me really well to work on my technique, since everything I played had to be done on a single drum and the variations of sound you could make seemed endless to me back then, and sometimes still do. These classes were given by a fanfare, which I also soon joined.

During my years that I was active at the fanfare, I widened my focus of instruments from snare drum to percussion in general. I was quite lucky that my fanfare had quite a good amount of instruments available to work with, so I got experience playing with claves and cymbals to timpani, timtoms and also a drum kit (of which I also own one that is currently filling up space at my parent's home). Something which also helped with broadening my experience with the instruments, is that, when I was around 10 years old, the fanfare got a new percussion teacher, who also started a percussion ensemble within the fanfare which I joined. This ensemble changed a lot of my views on the music I could make, since if were to play a piece with the ensemble, we had to give the sound a depth with instruments which were generally not used for this task.

Overall my experience with the fanfare and the ensemble was quite nice, I have been part of some nice activities, like performing in Germany multiple times, being part of the opening act for the taptoe Groningen or organizing one of the bigger yearly competitions for fanfares. But sadly, after 11 years of partaking in these activities, it lost the allure for me. It started to cost too much time which I didn’t have available. Since I grew up in quite a rural area and if I wanted to do something with friends from my school, I couldn’t really put time into making music that day. 

And that is when I slowly changed from making music to listening music (and maybe learning myself to play the guitar one day). That may be a topic for a next blog though.


Gerbrand Wit

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