[Editor’s note: Before you come hear the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble play Julie Giroux’s “Bookmarks from Japan” symphony, find out which bookmark – and movement from the symphony – best fits you!]
Saturday, October 21, at 8 pm, the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble has its fall concert entitled “Music, She Wrote…” The ensemble will be playing four contemporary works by female composers. The ensemble is taking on this impressive repertoire with a lively new class of ‘20s and ‘21s. Seventeen new members, from percussionists to flautists, have been hard at work learning this difficult repertoire for the past five weeks. One of these new members is Liam Locke ’21 on baritone saxophone, and we decided to get to know him a little better!
What was your audition experience like?
I auditioned on alto saxophone, but, wishing to expand on my musical capabilities, said I would also consider playing baritone saxophone – an instrument I had yet to try. Before long, I was rousted for my bed on first floor Brown at 6:30 am for the Wind Ensemble’s breakfast at Lou’s as their newest bari sax player.
How did you choose your instrument?
I started playing the saxophone in fifth grade, probably due more to the image and stigma surrounding the saxophone than the instrument itself. I passively played in the school band during my tween years, but did not discover my passion for saxophone until early high school. I started listening incessantly to Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and the like, attempting to emulate their sounds. My understanding of the saxophone’s potential was revisited again as I started listening to Pink Floyd and Dick Parry, but I was still a band kid at heart.
Why did you choose to be in wind ensemble?
During the second Dimensions of Dartmouth, I attended an open rehearsal for the DCWE. I was thrilled to find a community of dedicated and talented musicians; Matthew Marsit, and his passion for the music, also inspired me to audition. The repertoire was also a deciding factor. The ensemble was rehearsing Persichetti’s Pageant, one of my favorite pieces from high school, and I was pleased that I could continue playing this type of music at Dartmouth.
Which piece do you like most this term and why?
My favorite piece this term is Symphony no. IV: Bookmarks from Japan by Julie Giroux. I think this is a stunningly beautiful piece that combines a variety of styles in a dynamic and heartwarming manner.
What else do you do around campus?
In addition to wind ensemble, I am also part of the jazz combo organized by Fred Haas in which I play alto saxophone. I am a member of the Nathan Smith Society pre-health program and hope to be involved in programs with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center during my time at Dartmouth. I enjoy hiking, rock climbing and going on trips with the Ledyard Club.