Friday, December 18, 2009

Band Concert

Yesterday, we went to the Arden Fair Mall to do a winter band concert. All four bands played, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Jazz band. We were there extra early because we thought that it was going to start at 6 P.M. with Jazz Band going first. Instead it started at 7 P.M. with Jazz Band last.

We played jazz, rock, and bossa nova pieces. They were called Hefti's Hideout, Ain't Misbehavin', R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A., and Joy Bossa. We played ROCK in the USA really, really fast. Compared to the 3 other bands, we were extremely small. There were only about 12-14 of us while Beginning band had about 60-100. By the time we got done it was nearly 9 o'clock.

We have a concert at the First Baptist Church in Elk Grove tomorrow. I like playing in jazz band!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Pythagoras of Samos

This week, along with the next, I am going to do a biography on Pythagoras. Some of the information I have already gathered includes some of Pythagoras's early and late life.

Pythagoras grew up on the island of Samos. His mother was a native to the island, and his father was a traveling merchant. Pythagoras traveled with his father as he went on trips to other countries to trade. While staying in whatever country they might be, Pythagoras's father would send him to a philosopher or tutor of that place. By the time Pythagoras was sixteen, he had received one of the most full educations any boy of that time could have gotten.

During Pythagoras's late life, when he was around 40-50 years old, he started a Pythagorean school of mathematics, philosophy, and music, also known as the Pythagorean Brotherhood. The school was located in Samos. During this time he discovered many things, one of which was the Pythagorean Theorem, or the measure of gold.