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Greetings all [Jan. 26th, 2016|01:18 pm]
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[Mood |curiouscurious]
[Music |Lord of the Rings Online - Men of Bree]

Hi everyone. Some of your probably don't remember this journal. But I wanted to say hello.

If you weren't aware, we lost a great composer last summer, James Horner. I have numerous albums by him, including Titanic, The Mask of Zorro, and Casper. I also loved Rocketeer and Willow, and so many others.

Do any of your have a favourite by him?
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OrchDorksUnited, Second Edition [Apr. 10th, 2011|07:59 pm]
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[Mood |restlessrestless]
[Music |Shiny Toy Guns - The Sun]

So, I just saw the broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast yesterday! I felt inspired by it's music to update this site...and I was sent a reminder by someone to update.

Please remember this is a site for more than just Orchestra, this also celebrates great composers AND films composers! You can blab about how much you love the string-driven love theme from Pirate of the Caribbean III. Oi, Hans Zimmmer is the shiz.

The only things we should stay away from is songs driven by only marching band instruments. Yeah, there's a vicious battle going on at the homefront of the maintainers' high school town. It's an angry, ugly battle we've been fighting since the dawn of time.

Also, nostalgia too. You can talk about your present and past expereinces in orchestra. So many people are forgetting their LJs these days for facebook. But this is a journal. I go back and read things about what occured in my orchestra class in high school and how much I miss those crazy kids.

Now if you'll excuse me. I have a multitude of homework to do. One paper for each week until finals. Plus all the small assignments in between.
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Did you graduate from high school, but end up going to the concerts? [Dec. 7th, 2009|11:08 pm]
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[Location |UNI]
[Mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[Music |Iowa Public Radio]

Okay, I admit it, I only went to a handful of concerts two years after high school life. But my local cable service allows me to catch the latest concert. My my my our orchestra has become so big that it had to be split into two groups: freshman and the normal orchestra. But this isn't the only thing that seperates them.

Mrs. P, who I had for middle and high school, became the offical high school teacher and the district hired someone else for the middle school. Mrs. P pushed hard, but it was a good push. I moved in my seventh grade year, and went from playing a "My Heart Will Go On" melody to Mozart. Bam. I never thought I'd be at the level that my new school was at. I was miserable at first, but once I became a sophomore, suddenly things became easier. Mrs. P's pushing had paid off. I am, sadly, far from the status of a violin superstar, but I can get by. I squeak, but all violins do that, but I'm in tune and I can play pieces that challange me in a good way.

Well, getting back to my original subject... I caught a concert the other day featuring the batch of freshmen under the middle school teacher's hand. I could not believe what I heard. I fell into a chair from shock. They sound like my old school did back in sixth grade. Oh no no no no! We are the Ames High Orchestra for chrissake! We played for the University of Northern Iowa's concert feature introduction for Katlin Tully! We were acknowledged by the St. Paul Theatre as guests, and we met Joshua Bell!
Sometime later I returned and heard the normal orchestra. We aren't exactly what we used to sound like, but I was relieved we weren't living down our rep yet.

So I can't wait for the mini-P's to grow up and enter the orchestra, to rescue us!
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Reflections from a college student. [May. 3rd, 2007|12:29 am]
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[Location |Home]
[Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Music |Bryan Adams & Mel C. - When You're Gone]

I miss Ames High Orchestra. I haven't played my violin in the longest time, but I must say, my love for public radio increased because I was used to a daily dose of classical music 5 days a week. I miss it so much. So to all of you still in high school orchestra, treasure every moment whether or not your in the front OR the back. **I was in the back, and the back was so much fun! Honest!**
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Signed Band w/ WARNER BROTHERS Distro seeks VIOLINIST [Sep. 11th, 2006|05:44 pm]
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I am sure some of you have seen this add up before, here we go again. People tend to join our band for all the right reasons without realizing they will be busy. So off the bat if you think you can only handle 2 shows a month, this is not for you. For those of you who want to Tour the Entire USA and UK, and find it appealing to have your Album in Every Store in America, this is for you.

We are Kiss Kiss

- We are Signed to a Large Indie Label
- We Have Distribution through WARNER BROTHERS/ADA
- We do Full National Tours in the USA and soon The UK
- We're in the process of Making a Video for our Single "Satellite"
- We have a Booking Agent
- We are Playing this Years CMJ music Festival
- We have played SXSW and Will Again next year
- We are currently in talks w/ Managers
- We are now preparing publicists with the soon to be release of our 1st Full Length Album. "Reality Vs The Optimist"
- We currently have our EP in Most US stores through Lumberjack Distribution ( Go to any Tower Records, it should be there. )

Our music is a creative twist on Pop, using Middle Eastern Scales, and Odd Time Signatures. Our Songs are accessible, but not ordinary. We have a growing fan base in The North East and Mid West, after a 2 month tour this summer we planted some seeds on the West Coast and South West as well.

We have a Tour in the Works for Our Albums Soft Non Retail Release This November where we will hit Key Markets in the North East, and we will have a Full National Tour in February of 2007 in support of the Actual US release. The tour will include a 5 day stop at SXSW in Austin Texas.

We are looking For Female/Males
Ages 20-26
Backing Vocals are a plus.
You must be Honest, Creative, Good in Groups, and Willing to Tour.

Here are some Links to Our Music and Record Label etc:




Thank you so much for your time.
This is a serious Project with a good hand of Cards in place.
We are good people and we like Hot Dogs.
Drop me an email if you are interested and we can set up an audition.

Thanks Again.
JOSH/Kiss Kiss
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(no subject) [Mar. 9th, 2006|12:02 am]
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[Mood |coldcold]
[Music |apc-the noose]

tell me something BEAUTIFUL. do it now. give me inspiration. ^-^
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hey I'm an outsider [Jan. 9th, 2006|10:48 am]
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hi my name's Amy and I'm an orchdork from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I've been playing violin for 8 (?) years and am a senior in the Campolindo H.S Orchestra. so yay! for orchdork pride!
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Congrats to justmywork24 [Jan. 1st, 2006|10:50 pm]
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For she figured out that I am Hannah Polashek, the daughter of the director of the AHS orchestra. I am also the older sister of Caleb. And she isn't even from Ames!! See! It wasn't that hard!

Anyway, I will probably pop in to the hs a day or two to help mom out. See you there!
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Musical resolutions [Jan. 1st, 2006|10:03 am]
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[Music |Air on the G String]

Hey does anyone have any New year's resolutions regarding their music? It'd be cool to share some...I am going to start.
I want to be a top stand in all county.
Next year at college I want to audition for a music major. even if it'sjust for the experience.
I want to learn "Air on the G String."
What about you guys?
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Fredonia String Experience [Jan. 1st, 2006|09:59 am]
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[Mood |excitedexcited]
[Music |Quintus]

Happy New Year!!
Hey is anyone going to the SUNy Fredonia String Experience the 28th? It's for violinists and cellists. My teacher is bringing a few of our students to work with the violin and cello teachers, participate in a master class (not me,) watch a recital and we even get a fee jazz improv session. I am sooo excited!!!
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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2005|11:00 am]
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Hey guys!
Well I just came back from the Midwest Band and Orchestra clinic in Downtown Chicago!
If you want to hear us, go here.
if you listen to the Romeo and Juliet, I'm the cellist who has the curly hair they show for like...5 seconds.

Anyway, all 80 of us in the orchestra went from Florida to Chicago, played in snow, and played the most amazing concert of our lives...check it out.
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An Orchestral Catastrophe. [Dec. 18th, 2005|11:05 pm]
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[Mood |busybusy]
[Music |Carrie Underwood-Jesus, Take The Wheel]

Oh my... so, we had our Christmas Concert, right? *sigh* I got there a bit late, and due to the cold weather, instruments were quite out of tune. Well, I tuned up and all. But, as soon as we began playing the first song, my E string went WAY out of tune. It sounded like the G string. ...I had to play in 3rd position the entire time. And I was on the outside row, soo.. everyone could see I was the only one in 3rd position. Ah well... it was cool. I kept the intunation reputation in precise order. =D

and our chamber strings orchestra was SO fantabulous.
be jealous!!! <3
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(no subject) [Dec. 18th, 2005|04:20 pm]
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[Mood |soresore]

yay ok so we're gonna be having a dandy old concert on tuesday! yay! only like 1 of our 4 songs are christmasy so im nervous to see how its gonna turn out lol

-POwer to the orch dOrks-
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{Random Update} [Nov. 22nd, 2005|08:25 pm]
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[Mood |coldcold]
[Music |A Shirley Jones Reunion on tv]

I'm still alive, I swear! Between school and work, I'm a wreck.

Is there anyone else who would like to be added as a mod? We could use the help.

What do you guys want to see on here? Give me some input. It can't get better otherwise.

Your long-gone mod,

PS- I will be gone starting tomorrow til Sunday-ish for Thanksgiving-type break in Mason City. Please leave input, and I'll try to get back to you shortly.
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Top 10 Signs You're Destined to be a String Player [Nov. 3rd, 2005|07:42 pm]
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from Teen Strings Magazine

10. You're the only kid in your English class who knows how to spell Paganini.

9. Whenever waiting in a line listening to Muzak, you find yourself unconsiously fingering all the string section parts.

8. Your cell phone rington is on of the Bach Cello Suites.

7. You know the names of all the session violinists on the latest Alicia Keys album.

6. Somewhere in your closet is a T-shirt that reads, "I can't -- I have to practice!"

5. You've owned your own backless gown or formal tuxedo since you were 12.

4. Your head is cocked to the left in all of your yearbook pictures.

3. Half of your dreams begin with a sweeping overture and are accompained by a full orchestra-- and you awake with a powerful urge to take a bow.

2. Your teachers know which textbooks are yours because they're the only ones with music notation doodled in all the margins.

1. You own a pet named Itzhak.


10. true
9. sorta but with hip-hop songs
8. no but my dad's was Badinerie
7. sorta, i do know Kanye West's
6. no but i want 1
5. god i hated that ugly ass skirt!
4. lol...ya
3. not really
2. sometimes
1. no, but my cat does like bach.

true 4 u or not???

also posted in violists
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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2005|07:49 pm]
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[Mood |mellowmellow]
[Music |panic! at the disco - boys will be boys]

hello agaain. no one updates in here anymore. this makes me mad. grr. anywho were having a concert in 2 days! hope ppl will come!
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(no subject) [Oct. 9th, 2005|04:50 pm]
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[Mood |calmcalm]
[Music |work-jimmy eat world]

hi. just updating and saying how great orchestra really is =) anyways, we're having a concert in 3 weeks which should be fun so please come! peace.
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HI all... [Sep. 27th, 2005|12:46 pm]
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I am a former member of the Ames High School orchestra. I played viola for several years and now play the string bass.

It is soo cool that you guys started this group. I'm now a senior in college, but if you figure out who I am I will alert your director to give you a prize and don't worry I won't tell her anything else!
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yo! [Sep. 24th, 2005|09:46 pm]
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i'm Via and as u can see by my username i play viola! i'ma senior iz high skool and i've been playin since 4th grade...9 fuckin years wow. also as u can tell by my username, i play hip-hop on my viola.

listen here

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about bows.... [Sep. 24th, 2005|03:40 pm]
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[Mood |curiousidk]
[Music |Unbelievable]

Okay so I bought a fiberglass bow at the music store today and I'm comtemplative about keeping it. I usually buy wood...I don't know. It feels weird to me. what are your positions on bows; do you guys prefer wood or fiberglass?
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Hello People! ^_^ [Sep. 24th, 2005|12:57 am]
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[Mood |chipperchipper]

Hey, my name is Monica and I'm new to the community! I've been playing violin for about six or seven years now - mostly just school orch stuff. I think my favorite part of the 'user info' page was when it mentioned band. In our school band gets all of the attention (isn't that always the case??), so its nice to see a comunity just for the orchestra! *happiness* I have a few friends who might want to join this place, so yay! lol ^^
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Mottos [Sep. 22nd, 2005|04:07 pm]
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[Mood |curiouscurious]
[Music |none]

Hi, pretty soon our school is going to make orchestra hoodies, and I want them to say OrchDorks, but I was wondering if anyone had any really cool saying or something that could go on it too!

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(no subject) [Sep. 18th, 2005|02:29 am]
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[Mood |chipperchipper]

Orchdorks are so friggin awesome! Am I not right? We sound so much better than a thousand miles of bent brass full o spit. I don't know why people even pick band.lol. Adrianna- Your sister might someday have an entry in here too! =)
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Signed Band Seeks Violin [Sep. 17th, 2005|06:37 pm]
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We are Kiss Kiss.
An Orchestral Esque Rock Band looking to replace our Violinist.
We Write Catchy Popish Songs with a Twist of Experimentation.
We Like to use Odd Times Signatures and Eastern/Asian Scales to Create a Dark Yet Accessible Sound.

We consist of:

Influences Vary From Beach Boys to Igor Stravinsky, Nirvana to Bartok.

Our CD Ep will hits Stores OCT 11th on Eyeball Records, distributed through Sony Red. We just began recording our 1st Full Length CD to be released by Universal Records and The Platform Group on AstroMagnetics Records.

We Tour Lots and are looking for an Energetic Violinist who can compose their own parts on songs yet to be, and learn the parts of the songs already created.

You Can Hear our MP3's here:

You Can see our Record Labels Here:

Thanks a Lot.
Look Forward to hearing from You.

For info Email: EggsnoBacon@yahoo.com
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hi im new [Sep. 16th, 2005|03:40 pm]
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[Mood |creativecreative]
[Music |Ohio Is for Lovers- Hawthorne Heights :)]

Hi my name is Christina, but everyone calls me Chrissy. I just joined because my 2 best friends Sandy (yummybowlorice2) and Adrianna (youkillmewell35) told me abt it. I have been playing violin for 6 years.

Our school orchestra is called The Malow OrchDorks....so this comunity is really cool.
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