Being that Patrick is a music major, we got to a lot of concerts. I have gone to see him in almost every concert he's performed including jazz band, symphonic band, chamber music, and even recital lab. We've also gone to see the BSO together (that's the night he proposed!) and countless other live performances. I have no where near the critical ear that he has, but I've definitely learned how to discern when a group is in tune and which instruments are playing when. It's kind of a problem because if a group is noticeably out of tune, I have a hard time enjoying the performance. I have become a music snob. Both of my roommates are also music majors so we talk about music a lot around here. In some ways I'm glad that Patrick and I share a love of classical and jazz music because a lot of people don't anymore. And that's ok.
Anyway, the point is that the Concert Band opened for the Symphonic Band last night and I felt bad that I didn't really enjoy their portion of the program. Maybe it was because I was waiting for this handsome man to come on:
Anyway, on to the concert! Patrick's solo was phenomenal. It was flawless. At least I thought so (he confirmed later that he did not make any mistakes). I just sat there listening to him play and thought, "I'm marrying that!" I really hope that he keeps up his playing and pursues all the music goals he has because he really is talented. He would never say anything like that because he is far too humble, so I'll say it for him. Next year he won't be in any performing groups and I'm really going to miss hearing him play. I remember the first time I heard him solo at a high school jazz band concert. We had just started dating and it was his last performance at school. He was playing a ballad and it nearly made me cry it was so pretty. It has been amazing to see how much he's progressed over the last four years. When he plays his saxophone, it just sings.
I'll end with a couple of pictures of him on stage at his last UMaine concert: