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A Farewell to Mr. Wilson

The band performed pieces such as Sleigh Ride at the Waterford Community Center on December 8.
The band performed pieces such as Sleigh Ride at the Waterford Community Center on December 8.

Three years. Just over three years I’ve been with the Waterford Community Band. I started off as a quiet member, coming and leaving without saying much, just playing my part. As the months passed by, however, I grew familiar with the band members and I became more open to everyone. Now, every time I come to the band rehearsals, a smile is on my face. It’s an honor to rehearse and perform with such a friendly and cooperative group. Jacob Wilson, regardless of being busy as a music educator at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and as a part of the Salt Marsh Opera orchestra, came every week to conduct for us at rehearsals and concerts.

His conducting is like no other. For every piece we play, he adds his own touch of feeling and rhythm to make the music sound unique. Unfortunately, December 9 was his last concert, as he is too busy now and needs to care for his family and his school band.

Our last concert of the season with Mr. Wilson conducting was a festive concert at Atria Crossroads on December 9. We performed several Christmas and wintry tunes, along with a Hanukkah piece. It is always a delight to perform at the elder home, to see all of the happy faces listening and enjoying our music.

Mr. Wilson told us that he won’t be gone for good. He will stop by once in a while to say hello, and he might even be a substitute conductor for us later on. A new season of music is coming up, and we will be starting it with a new conductor. Best wishes to Mr. Wilson and good luck to our new conductor!

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