Friday, April 30, 2010
ROK Army Band
As a westerner used to western music some of the notes from the horns took a while to adjust my ears to, however by the end of the concert I was able to enjoy them very much. Visually everything is beautiful. There is so much color and motion. And the drums, wow. The drums were AMAZING. They did a fan dance and then a dance of the "Chrysanthemum" and the honor guard did a gun drill. It was fabulous.
The final number was a traditional Korean song. Much of the audience were Korean American and they all began to sing. It was beautiful to experience this. Afterwards, as we excited, we heard drums again. The performers were making their way outside, doing an improve with the music and the dancers were twirling about. Dragon was a little shy but one of the drummers pulled Tiger into the mix and handed him a drum. The whole thing was so wonderful and celebratory and I am so grateful for the opportunity to have experienced it.
As we left a woman said, "they did a great job." "Yes," I answered. "I am Korean." she said, "And I am very proud of them." She should be proud. It was wonderful.