I came in very excited to intruduce the Elgar to symphony orchestra. We had a department meeting before school. The main topic of discussion was field trip planning. Several teachers are interested in taking their groups on longer, more expensive trips. During our first period prep time we hashed out my plans for concert and cadet rehearsals. We played through the opening of the patriot and did some good work through the section in 3/4. During symphony we played through the entire piece, but had to stop several times. The tempo got bogged down quite a bit, but we gave them a solid taste of of how the piece sounds.