Author Archives: Mark Olson

About Mark Olson

I am a conductor and trumpet performer. I am Assistant Director of Bands at Harvard University. I also conduct the Middlesex Concert Band and play in the Metropolitan Wind Symphony as well as the New Sousa Band.

Finally Back Home

Well it was a great trip and fun to be in China but as alway it is great to be home. I was very tired when I arrived last night and took the day off to recoup. Now with a … Continue reading

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Last days in China

We are all zonked. What a day and what a tour. We did way more than we should have in the time we were here but all in all was a good tour. We started today at 9:00 and headed … Continue reading

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Good News from Beijing

One of the pieces we have been playing in each concert is a piece called Good News from Beijing to the country side villages. Well, good news from Beijing tonight is we had a good concert and good audience. Very … Continue reading

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On our way to Beijing

And so we end our time in Kunming. I have enjoyed being here these past four days and I believe everyone else has also. Today some of us went to the Minority Village and others explored on their own. I … Continue reading

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Day Three in Kunming

I think it is safe to say the everyone is really enjoying their time in Kunming. The band is really starting to sound great as the multiple performances and rest have all contributed to and ensemble that plays as one. … Continue reading

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Day Two in Kunming

We had a fun day yesterday. I began the day by doing a little exploration around the hotel on my own. There seemed to be a big sale on electronics and three stores right next to each other were competing … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Kunming

Happy New Year. Yes we have already celebrated while our families back home are just having lunch. As I was enjoying the fun and family celebration last year in North Dakota I didn’t think I would be celebration the start … Continue reading

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Chengdu–Short Visit

And now we are on our way from Chengdu. We arrived yesterday afternoon after having the opportunity to sleep in just a bit. We flew into Chengdu and then took buses to Yaan for a concert. Our hopes to visit … Continue reading

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Yinchuan, a Different City

We arrived at the next destination of our journey, Yinchuan. It was about a 3 hour flight from Shanghai. Very different from Shanghai and will take a bit of time later to talk about the differences. We have a large … Continue reading

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Finally have arrived

A late post but will publish it anyway. After about 24 hours of travel I have arrived in Shanghai. I left Edinburg, ND at 7:35 in the morning local time and landed in Shanghai at about 7:25 the next morning, … Continue reading

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