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Montrose Voice, No. 81, May 14, 1982 - File 016. 1982-05-14. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 13, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/945/show/931.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 81, May 14, 1982
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date May 14, 1982
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript May 14,1982 / Montrose Voice 15 Montrose Live Montrose Symphonic Band: getting in precision Photostory by Billie Duncan On Saturday, May 22, at 8:00 p.m., the Montrose Symphonic Band will be sending out the first strains of their second major concert at the Tower Theater. But being there is only part of the story. Getting there is the largest portion. And getting there is a story in itself. Attending a rehearsal for the band is almost as entertaining as listening to the polished end result—and anyone who has been lucky enough to hear the Montrose Symphonic Band in full flight knows how interesting they are in performance. They have been practicing at the rehearsal space at the Bering Memorial Methodist Church with incredible dedication and a sincerely professional attitude. And these people only get paid by the recognition and response from their listeners. The driving force of the band is Andy Mills, whose own sense of dedication and perfection obviously has rubbed off on the musicians who make up the ranks of the band. Every week, a person walking down Hawthorne at about 7:00 p.m. is likely to see drill teams marching down the twilight streets, while the strains ofthe first sectional rehearsal float out from the low building behind Bering Church. Passing the drillers and going into the building, the first ranks ofthe band come into view. The folding chairs are set up to seat the entire group, but only a partial contingent sits in the appropriate spaces. Andy Mills sits on a stool before them, baton in hand, the music spread out in front of him. He orders the low woodwinds to start. They start. He stops them. "The rhythm is wrong. You've got a hal two 16th notes and a triplet." They try again. He stops them. He ill u_- trates what he wants. "Ba-ta-tee-tee-dum- dum-ta-dee-dum. It's hard, but you had time to work it out at home." They work it out right then. They move on to another section. Andy shouts, "Long notes! Long notes! And they were too late." They give him what he wants until he stops them with "You're not counting enough rests. Also you're pushing your 16th notes." The musicians concentrate on counting the rests. Soon Andy stops them, and after a deep breath says in a deadly calm voice, "All right. Something I've asked you repeatedly, and how many of you have marked it? Two measures before 'D' it's piano. Mark it." They mark it. In the next section, he informs them, "You cannot take a great gaping breath before the fourth beat." Over and over again, taking short sections, polishing, perfecting, or just getting it right, the band plays on. More musicians come in, dropping cases, sliding chairs, jumping to the floor of the rehearsal hall with music stands— and the band plays on. "Please do not breathe from 'two' to 'three.' There is no other choice." "Do it again. Do it again." "Lay back on it a little bit. And watch your dynamics!" More musicians come in. The bass drum with the Montrose Symphonic Band emblem is set up. Instruments are uncased. Sheet music is rustled. Soft conversations are mumbled in the corners. The band plays on. "All right. That's better. Let's take it again and softer still." More musicians troup in. The flag carriers come in to carry out flags with which to practice. Music stands are expanded. Equipment is assembled. The band plays on. A female clarinet player takes her place and a big smile bursts on Andy's face, "Well, girlfriend, we've missed you. You're never home." She smiles and the rest of the band laughs. A warmth spreads through the room. After a short break, most of the band is set up, complete with its percussion section. At least one large dog is now in attendence to soak up the depth of the vibrations. With the entire band in place, Andy becomes even more exciting in his conducting of the group, leaping to his feet. his arms shooting out in a physical command to spur the players on to a greater emotionalism. Then sitting, hunched and insisting, "Ssshh, ssshh,ss8hh!" One of the baton drill people comes in with news. "There's a fire on the side ofthe building." Andy tells the band to stay put and goes to investigate. A palm tree is blazing just outside of the back door of the hall. A hose is brought from somewhere. The tree is doused and the fire is put out. As Andy rounds up the band members who did not stay put, one ofthe musicians remarks, "And who said we didn't have interesting rehearsals?" Once back at the baton, Andy is again exhorting the band by telling them, "Ya'll clean these notes up." After a while someone points out that it is time for a break. Andy says, "But I just gave you a break." The reply comes quickly back, "That wasn't a break. That was a fire." "Oh," says Andy. He gives them a break. Soon they are back at work with a sense of intention that practically crackles. One moment Andy shouts commands, his entire body bursting with the energy needed for the band. The next moment he is gently cajoling them to provide the necessary gentleness for a certain part. The excitement and dynamic presence of the man is enough to inspire the musicians to keep on—keep trying to hit the exact note at the exact time. And to do it with the emotion and dynamics that Andy Mills demands on every single note. Here sit about 50 people working their fingers and lungs out to bring to life a quality symphonic band—and they are succeeding. Outside in the twilight, the flag-bearers are marching, the smaller flag-twirlers are practicing. The strains of the Montrose Symphonic Band, though muffled, rolls across the parking lot. Jim Cariola, the drum major says, "It's tedious. Real tedious. 'Cause getting precision is an act of God sometimes." MDuncan's quick notes Write Home About It: For two more days, Sally Mayes, Sharon Montgomery and Billy Stritch will be playing at Rascals. They started their last set one day this week with a super-dynamic version of "All That Jazz." Now, starting a set with a show-stopper might be suicide for most acts, but most acts do not have this kind of talent. Billy Stritch alone is enough to keep even the most jaded cabaret-goer on the edge or in the midst of applause. But with Montgomery and Mayes, the excitement level comes close to cardiac arrest time. A really hot, hot act. Clogs Are Not Only in the Sink: One Tuesday, May 18, the Montrose Country Cloggers will be helping to raise money for the muscular dystrophy campaign at the Brazos River Bottom's Reno Casino Night. They are also trying to raise money so that they can go to Reno to participate in the Gay Rodeo themselves. Pick an Instrument, Any Instrument: Woody Simmons will be performing a solo concert at First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, May 18, at 8:00 p.m. But solo does not mean one- dimensional. Woody plays just about anything that could be called a musical instrument, composes, sings, and produces her own recordings. She not only does it all, she does it all exceedingly well. Wilde 'N' Stein has more information. Going Up to De Feet: Terry Meason and Charlene Wright accomplished what had never been done. They received a standing ovation at Baja's last week from the entire crowd. No one was left sitting. Even the people at the bar got off of their barstools to pay tribute. Baja's says that Terry will be back, but they do not have an exact date. She will again be playing on Sunday and Monday because of her job commitment in Dallas. An incredible talent. Nightclub Entertainment This Week In Montrose (Friday, May 14, through Thursday, May20) ■ PIANO Montgomery, Mayes 4 Stritch Spm Friday and Saturday Carole Leslie 9pm Monday; and Stephanie Parker 9pm Tuesday through Thursday at Rascals. 2702 Kirby, 524-6272. Tom Williams 5pm Friday and 8:30pm Sunday and Tuesday Thursday; Bill Hudson 8:30pm Friday and Saturday; Mr. Roxie Starr and Mickey Rankin Ipm Saturday and Sunday and 8:30pm Monday; Jim Cater 5pm Saturday and Sunday; and Marquerite 5pm Monday-Thursday at Keyboard, 3012 Milam, 528-6988. Donna Corley 9pm Friday and Saturday; Lion - share 9pm Sunday and Monday; andSally Mayes and Billy Stritch 9pm Tuesday Thursday at Baja's. 402 Lovett. 527-9866. Teresa Mauney 5pm daily (except Saturday and Sunday), and Lee La Forge and cabaret s.ngers 8:30pm nightly (except Sunday* at Arno s, 400.. Montrose, 528-2993. Marquerite 8:30pm Monday through Saturday and 11am SundayatBacchus.523Lovett,523-3396. ■ DISCO Kelly Marie 10pm Friday at the Copa, 2631 Richmond, 528-2259. Pete Shelley Sunday evening at Numbers 2, 300 Westheimer. 526-6551. ■ ORGAN Keoki Kona 5pm Friday and Saturday. 3pm Sunday and 5pm Wednesday and Thursdav at the Hole, 109 Tuam, 528-9066. ■ COUNTRY & COUNTRY/ROCK Band to-be-announced Wednesday evening at E/J's, 1213 Richmond, 527-9071. Bob Williams and the Trail Riders 9pm Friday, Saturday and Thursday at Happy Trails, 715 Fair- view, 521-2792. Ab & the Rebel Outlaws 9:30pm Friday and Saturday and 8:30pm Thursdav at the Exile, 1011 Bell, 659-0453; and 8:30pm Sunday at Brazos River Bottom, 2400 Brazos. 528-9192. Flying Blind Band nightly (except Monday and Tuesday) at Miss Charlotte's, 911 Drew, 528-8840. Mustang Band 9:30pm Friday, Saturday. Wednesday and Thursday at Brazos River Bottom. 2400 Brazos, 5_o-9192. ■ GUITAR "L" 9pm Friday and Irish Folk 9pm Wednesday at the Parlour. 2402 Mandell. 529-8069. Nancy Ford 5pm Friday; Lyra/Kat Graham & Linda Aura Rhyme 5pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and Rawslyn Ruffin 5pm Wednesday at Kindred Spirits, 5245 Buffalo Speedway. 665- 9766. ■ SHOW GROUPS Dixie Kings 4pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday at Happy Trails, 715 Fairview, 521-2792. Mata Hari 9pm Friday and Saturday at Lampost, 2417 Times Blvd., 528-8921. John Day & Co. 8pm Sunday at E/J'b, 1213 Richmond, 527-9071. ■ ROCK & ROLL Automatic 2pm Sunday at Grant Street Station, 911 Fairview, 528-8342. ■ NU WAVE The Explosives 10:30pm Friday; Platform of Youth and The Hates 10:30pm Saturday; and Teddy Boys 10:30 Thursdav at Omni, 1540 Westheimer, 528-4230 ■ JAZZ Robert Ceballos Group 9pm Sunday and with Jimmy Ford 9pm Friday. Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at Las Brisas, 614 W. Gray, 528-9959. Kirk Whalum nightly (except Sunday) at Cody's. 3400 Montrose. 522-9747. Rumors 9:30pm nightly (except Sunday and Monday); and Mickey Mosley Band 9:30pm Sunday and Monday at Birdwatchers, 907 Westheimer 527- 0595. ■ IMPRESSIONISTS Tiffany Jones, Donna Day, Naomi Sims & Hot Chocolate Sunday evening at the Copa. 2631 Richmond, 528-2259. Little Bobby, Jerry Harper, Tracey and guest Sunday evening at Exile, 1011 Bell, 659-0453. "Playgirl Follies" with Laura Lee Love, Lana Kane. Eydie Mae and guest 10:30pm Saturday at Pink Elephant, 1218 Leeland. 659^0040. ■ MISCELLANEOUS Talent shows Tuesday evening at the Copa, 2631 Richmond, 528-2259; Wednesday evening at Midnite Sun, 534 Westheimer, 526-7519; and Thursday evening at Twins, 535 Westheimer, 520-0244.
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