As much as I love teaching one-on-one, there's something so special about coaching a chamber ensemble (or in the case of the Vandegrift High School saxophones, a saxophone army).
VHS instituted chamber ensembles two years ago as a way to bring together like instruments during the spring semester. This year was most special for a couple reasons; one, it was something my seniors really looked forward to during a time of year where they're feeling burnt out. Secondly, it happened to be the last time the 2019-20 band student got to play together. That of course wasn't the plan, but with COVID derailing all other performances and festivals, this was a really special time to share the stage with these other wonderful teachers.