Fortenbaugh Music Intern, First Post of the Semester

Hello Gettysburg!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable winter break and is doing great work so far this semester.  I am very excited to be the Spring 2014 Fortenbaugh Music Library Intern!

A little bit about me: My name is Alex Schweizer, and I am a first-year Music Education major, from Downingtown, PA.

My primary instrument is the euphonium, but I also play the trombone, piano, and guitar.  Here at Gettysburg, I am a member of the Bullets Marching Band, Gettysburg College Choir (GCC), the Wind Symphony, and Drop the Octave (DTO), our campuses only all-male acapella group.  I am also on the Sunderman Student Advisory Council, as a liaison for the students of the Conservatory to the faculty.

In high school, I was a part of the marching band, and marched in both the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade, and the 2013 Citrus Parade.  I was also in the choir, men’s choir, the musical, and on the varsity swimming and track teams.
When I’m not practicing, learning about, making, or writing music, I enjoy riding my unicycle around campus, going for a run on the battlefields, playing frisbee with my friends, or doing pretty much anything outdoors.

After my time at Gettysburg, I plan to become a high school band director, and eventually teach at the college level.  My ultimate goal is to be a member of the President’s Own Marine Corps Band.
As the Fortenbaugh Music Library Intern, I will be working on several projects throughout the semester.  I plan to use the skills that I acquire during this internship when I am a band director, and need to know how to catalog and easily access music.  Currently, I am researching euphonium repertoire (both audio recordings and physical sheet music) to potentially add to the large collection of scores and CDs already in the Musselman Music Library.

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