Thursday, September 2, 2010

Music to my Ears

There is a band requirement for 5th graders at the new school. They had to rank their first three instrument choices with help from their parents. Bart is the only musician in this family, so the task of helping choose was assigned to him.

As it turns out, my talented husband can play three of the listed instrument choices: clarinet, saxophone and something else shiny. (He can also play the violin, but enough of my bragging.) (He's cute, too.) (I know - enough already!)

Anyway.

They went over the list and Shay decided to select those three instruments, so his dad could help him as necessary. These three had the added bonus, according to Bart, of being relatively quiet and easy to learn.

But then Shay came home from school with an instrument box, and inside was.... a trumpet! Not one the three originally chosen noisemakers. Turns out two of his pals wanted trumpets, so he changed his list around at the last minute.

What do I know about trumpets?

They are loud.

Really, really loud.

(and did I mention how insufferably LOUD they are?)

So now I spend a mercifully short part of every afternoon listening to him "practice."

But wait, there's more!

His friend Jack from Beijing just Skyped him. Jack is also in band. Jack has a clarinet.

I suppose I should be pleased that they are practicing together. But seriously, people, no one should have to endure listening to two band beginners serenade one other via Skype. My ears are bleeding. I've shut myself into the spare bedroom and am typing this on my cell phone while they practice.

It could be worse, I suppose. The two new pals could've chosen the tuba.

Sent from my iPhone

9 comments:

Connie said... [Reply]

Donna - practice by Skype... oh my! But how fun :) I managed to talk Brian into piano... something I've wanted for him for awhile. I wasn't going to push too hard, but he likes that he has cousins who also play. That helped. Now... I need to get a keyboard at home... (no, we will not get a real piano while moving all over!)

Emily said... [Reply]

What a talented family! You could start your own band. The other kids will have to get their own instruments. My only suggestion is that one person should play either the symbols or a cowbell.
It will be a sensation, for everyone's ears.

Good luck. Hopefully he will be some sort of musical genius and it will be a soothing sound quickly.

Kate said... [Reply]

Ugh. I spent thee long, ear-bleeding years listening to my adolescent "practice" the trumpet. Um. Good luck!

Elaine said... [Reply]

Well, you just never know. Making music can be a life-long joy...at least, once the basics are under control. You never know what opportunities may arise. One of my HS classmates, an ardent Civil War re-enactor, was in the movies 'Gettysburg' and 'Glory,' in uniform and playing his trumpet. We were in Band together 45 years ago. I wish I were still playing my clarinet!

Becca said... [Reply]

our band teacher always used to give the tuba to the smallest kid in the class. what a sadist

Erin G said... [Reply]

As a former band geek myself (I met my husband at band camp -- true story!) I have to say, THIS. IS. AWESOME. :)

I can't stop laughing. :)

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Kristen said... [Reply]

Reading your blog has made me realize how awful it must have been for my poor mom. I had 2 brothers who played the trumpet and trombone and I played the flute. We usually all practiced at the same time. Yikes!

ejhickso said... [Reply]

Just a suggestion... Google "trumpet practice mute." He can't do 100% of his practicing with a mute, but it will help!

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