‘Art through Sounds’-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
By Levitha Urbano
DURING my childhood, music was never been a diversion for me. Music for me was just those cheerful songs that we hear in the radio. I had two sisters who were in college when I was in the secondary level. They were both members of the marching band at Saint Louis University. The reason why I started to be conscious of instruments was because every year, during the Flower Festival, my parents and I always watch my sisters perform in the parade. I asked my sisters about the instruments they play. It inspired me a lot and craved me to learn how to produce good music with that instrument. After I graduated in high school, my brother recommended me to join the SLU-Marching Band. He helped me look for someone who could teach me basic lessons on how to play an instrument but before that, I was asked first what instrument I would want to play. Because both my sisters play the alto-saxophone, I too decided to play it. My sisters were busy that time that is why it was kuya Vil who taught me. Unfortunately, it was revealed that I was not capable enough to join the band. Luckily, my brother knows Sir Paul.
Sir Paul Louie Serrano is the conductor of the University of Cordillera’s Percussion and Orchestra, the famous orchestra group in Baguio. My brother informed me about the free workshop of this group. I had mixed emotions when I was allowed to enter this group. I learned about all the necessary rules and regulations of Sir Paul. They still accepted me even though I was just a beginner. They allowed me to be a trainee for at least three months.
Our rehearsals were very grim or simply risky. We usually start rehearsing at 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Sometimes we go home at almost twelve midnight, especially if there’s a big event coming up. There came a time where our group was asking for new members but sadly most of them refused to because of the schedule of our rehearsals. I came to realize that if a musician really wants to enhance his or her talent, he or she should also know how to sacrifice. Attending this hazard practices is a big sacrifice which our group has to carry out. We really want to develop our ardor more and to let people see the talent we have; plus becoming a musician is what inspires me the most. What we think of music depends on how we live. A musician is not only an entertainer but he is also obliged to the society, for the reason that we necessitate music everywhere we go.
I am lucky because I was given a chance to learn about playing an instrument and unlike my childhood chapter; I now appreciate the goodness of music in our life. Music is a therapy; music can make our life best. We can also express the way we live in making music.
I then conclude that it is difficult to learn how to play an instrument and to create music but if you really have the passion and the eagerness of becoming a popular player, you won’t definitely think of those tough steps when you’re already an excellent musician.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 16, 2013.