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Friday, May 04, 2012


I'm still working on the sock.  I'm past the gusset decreases and working my way to the toe.  In another 10 rounds or so, I'll try it on and see if I'm ready for toe decreases.  This has been the perfect project for me this week (and the rest of the month looks almost as crazy as this week, but May is always kind of a zoo). Yesterday started busy and kept going until after dinner when we went to the middle school for Caleb to select his band instrument.  He's decided to do band next year, so he had to pick an instrument.  He's never played an instrument except a bit of plinking on the piano, but no formal lessons, doesn't know how to read music, and honestly, we didn't even know what all the instruments were when we looked at the list of band instruments.  Which one did he choose?  One of the mystery ones we'd never heard of - the Euphonium!  Turns out, it's a tiny tuba (tiny being a relative term).  He also tried out the trumpet, but he liked the Euphonium better.  He's really excited about it and is excited about middle school too.  I think Logan and Max are going to love hearing him practice this thing!

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Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

Mother played euphonium, went on to college as a music ed major and became a band teacher. I think of her each time I hear a horn concerto - she made a metal record of her concert to send as her college audition (to the next state over).

Eventually, my uncle and then my brother also played that horn. It ended up donated to the Marine Band training center in Texas...seemed appropriate after all those Sousa marches played on it.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Linda Meuse said...

My daughter married a euphonium player. My other daughter is a music teacher. I've been to many school concerts. You will be amazed at the progress he'll make if he keeps with it. Enjoy!

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also known as the baritone. It's a good band position and plays more interesting parts than the trombone line IMHO. Also where we are there wasn't a lot of competition so making the advanced band and travel band were easier than the other brass instruments. I wish him luck!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

That is one awesome instrument! Hope he enjoys it as much as he thinks he will. I like listening to that one, as well as most valve instruments.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Sharon Jones said...

All three of my sons played the full size tuba. Of course, in middle school that meant mom shlepping the thing around -- definitely requires at least a minivan. I am a music teacher, and in my not so humble opinion, the lower brass instruments tend to progress much more rapidly than the high brass and woodwinds. (I played clarinet and my daughter played flute.) Playing the baritone/euphonium puts him in the perfect position to move up to tuba as he grows. Have you noticed how many tubas most colleges field for football games? Excellent scholarship opportunity and not just for music majors.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Go brass! The euphonium just sounds like a cooler instrument than most. Plus, it gets mentioned in "76 Trombones". :)

4:27 PM  

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