Ariane is very talented musically and I have had the chance on several occasions to witness this first hand.
She’s a graduate student at the University of Utah getting her masters in music conducting. She works for the music department as a graduate assistant for the band program. What does that entail? She does all the grunt work for the band, getting music ready, hauling equipment around, setting stuff up and doing a little conducting as well. She has also done some really cool stuff as well.
At football games she helped the drum majors conduct on the sideline and even conducted the national anthem at the New Mexico game this year, which I had the opportunity to attend as it was our third date. She got to travel with the band to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl.
Ariane led the pep band the last two years at the women’s basket ball games. I’ve been to a couple of games this year and watched her lead and she is very energetic and passionate about what she does and she does a great job of doing it. The kids all love her. One of the games I went to this year, the TCU game, went into three overtimes and let me tell you that’s a lot of women’s basketball. Last year Ariane got to go with the women’s team to Maryland for the NCAA tournament.
In addition to the conducting Ariane plays saxophone in the jazz band. She will be traveling to China in July with the jazz band for a jazz festival. These concerts are always a lot of fun to attend and Ariane does a great job and plays multiple instruments during these concerts including baritone sax, base clarinet, flute, tenor sax and clarinet.
This last spring she conducted the music for Layton High Schools production of The Wedding Singer. It was a fun musical and the musicians in the pit did a great job thanks to their conductor.
Yesterday was her recital and she conducted the wind ensemble. It went really good. The band sounded great. They even played a song called “Past Time” a baseball inspired song and she wore her St. Louis Cardinals hat to conduct it.
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