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Dave Carlock - A Day In The Life
ALL HAIL THE BOOK!
Originally Posted: 06-01-2012 10:19 AM
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Anyone who's ever been part of a "big horn band" knows about "THE BOOK". "THE BOOK" is a binder of the sheet music for all the songs for that instrument. Every instrument in your group gets one.

Let me tell you, making a 30-song “BOOK” from scratch under a timeframe can bring the strongest man to his knees. At that point, if not sooner, one MUST have a music librarian. I found one just in time in Vicki Fuller, a youngish grandmother in the St. Joe area who says she has officially adopted me as her unofficial son.

Vicki came through in a massive way for me as I had to build up “THE BOOK” for my 26-piece Funkin' Rock Orchestra at the big party I produced the entertainment for last weekend in Benton Harbor, which coincided with the Senior PGA Weekend. Vicki asked if I needed help and then jumped in full force and made "THE BOOK" happen for all of the Funkin' Rock Orchestra members.

We starting with horns while I finished writing all the show's string arrangements. After delivering the horns, she then assembled "THE BOOK" for strings and oversaw the creation and binding of the scores for my conductor with a bit of pinache according to my design.

She also enlisted help from husband Charlie, a bus driver for the Lakeshore school system who loves Karaoke nights and has his own system in the basement. Charlie kicked in to help stick on a few thousand hole-punch reinforcement stickers. Along the way, Vicki also got me hooked on Crystal Light Raspberry Iced Tea, insisting I take some with me in an oversized dishwasher safe cup whenever I'd leave, after dropping off more parts.

During production week, my invaluable Music Librarian moved the operation down to the venue and knew right where to find the Flute 1, Flute 2 & Flute 3 parts for 'Last Dance' mid-rehearsal so the tentative sax players couldn't sneak out of it.

And as tight timelines always seem to present great moments of comedy between people that don't yet know each other very well, I found myself stumbling in to pajama parties with her grandkids after she assured me to come over anytime early or late so we could keep our deadline.

Perhaps one of the funniest memories occurred during a mad dash across campus in a golf cart where both of us had to fit into one seat. "My lap or yours?" was my question, and she ended up riding on my knee (good choice on her part) as we barreled full speed over bump and plain. She held on to the roof rail for dear life and I held onto her to be sure we didn't lose her, at which point she looked over to the cart driver and said, "you should know he's like my son..." HA!!!!!

Mission accomplished Vicki, thank you so very much for jumping into the work and seeing it as an adventure. Your positivity helped strengthen me in the home stretch, without a doubt, and contributed in a very large way to an even larger event.

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