Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Personal Progress - Individual Worth #5
In High school there were to many flutes and some of us decided to switch from our woodwind to a brass instrument because there were far fewer of them. I played the euphonium the last three years of High school it was a very fun instrument to play. I enjoyed getting to play very different parts than what a flute usually gets to play. It was a little bit heavier than my flute so playing in half time shows and in parades was a little more fun. Plus lugging that big case home wasn't easy so practice didn't happen all that often.
I went to college and thought it would be fun to play in the band but I wasn't a music major and the idea of trying out just didn't suit me. I didn't pick up my flute for years and didn't own my own euphonium so my music playing days were pretty limited.
About 5 years ago a friend of mine found out I played the flute in my younger years and invited me to play in the community band of which she was a member. I decided it sounded like fun. A night out learning something new and getting to listen and play music. It was a lot of fun.
We had a concert on Monday night. My kids and husband came to hear us play. The piano teacher gave them two days off of practice this week for attending. We played some lovely pieces. A suite by Gustav Holst was my particular favorite. We also played selections from the musical The Music Man and a tribute to Louis Armstrong which was what my kids especially liked.
I try not to compare my playing abilities to the others in the band. The high school student who sits next to me can sight read everything and have it sound great. My goal is only to enjoy playing the music and be able to play more or better than I did the week before. It is a lot of fun for me to perform with the band. It was something I enjoyed doing in my younger years and it still makes me feel good when I am able to play something I couldn't play before.