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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 11:34 AM
What instrument did you play, and did you enjoy the experience? Did you still play your instrument today?

I used to play the saxophone in junior high and high school. Although I was initially excited to take up the sax in 4th grade, being in the concert band turned into a nightmare. The main problem: the teacher was a real a*hole!!! Instead of encouraging the students, he used to threaten and complain about their playing regularly. He'd humiliate students who were struggling with their instruments. Consequently, tons of students quit. I myself hated going to rehearsals and I hated practicing at home. My parents also made me practice and take private lessons which I thoroughly disliked.

Even though I had a nicer instructor in high school the damage was done. I did not like playing the sax and eventually quit. I have not touched the instrument since, and have only bad memories of the experience.

So once again, what instrument did you play, and did you enjoy the experience? Did you still play your instrument today?


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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 11:43 AM
Played the alto sax in jr high and loved it...

I attempt to play guitar now

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 11:50 AM
1st chair, 1st clarinet in Jr. High School. Started playing in elementary school on my dad's old clarinet (which my brother also took up and still has - he's been more into his guitar and R&R bands for the past 35 years, though.) We had a good band instructor and the school I went to did a lot of creative things in their arts department (as well as regular curiculum) so it was a fun experience. By the 2nd year of Jr. High I was out of band, though, and on to boys, concerts, other activities. I have picked up the clarinet a few times since but do not play on a regular basis so am rusty... should get it back from my brother and start playing around with it again.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 11:53 AM
Trombone, up through 11th grade. Never found the music interesting at all. As I look back, I wish I would've put the trombone down and picked up the guitar earlier. Oh well . . .
 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 12:06 PM
Played coronet and baritone in Jr. High. The music we had to play really wasn't very interesting. I liked piano lessons better.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 12:12 PM
Played xylophone and glock in first and second grade, concert tympani and marching cymbals and glock in 6th grade, piano 6th grade, concert snare 7th, 8th and 9th grade.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 12:32 PM
Played drums in high school band grade 9-12, was section and jazz band leader from grades 10-12 and still play and teach today.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 12:48 PM
I played flute in elementary school and junior high and then like Deb discovered boys but have been able to live vicarously through my daughter, a baroque flautist. Who'd thunk a child raised on Rush and ABB would grow up to play Bach?

Her main instrument is flute but she plays sax, oboe and piano as well. She got her 15 minutes of fame at BB Kings in NYC doing a private party for Jay Z. At the time she played with a little local band that included Josh Block of Virgin Steele. Josh and my daughter taught at the same music shop. She's been teaching since there since high school and loves it.
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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 12:56 PM
I played the trombone and did marching band and just regular concert band in high school. I thought the band teacher was the coolest at the school

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 04:06 PM
I played piano. Got away from it in high school. Wish I hadn't. My children are very musical. Daughter plays classical piano, son plays guitar, played percussion in jr and high school, started college as music major, percussion. Know what killed it for him? Marching band was mandatory. He hated marching band.
 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 04:09 PM
Viola in the 4th and 5th grades. Gave it up to play football.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 04:28 PM
I played clarinet 6th through 9th grade. I wasn't very good but I did enjoy it.
We played interesting music. I loved Greensleeves and Aurora Lee (Love Me Tender).
We learned about John Phillip Sousa. I lived in a rural area and we never got to go anywhere,
unless you were on the basketball team or in the band. I did both. We marched in Christmas
parades in Pascagoula and Mardi Gras in Mobile. We went to Hattiesburg to hear the US Marine
Band. They were so great! We went to all football games on a bus. I don't play any instument
but I love music and I have some great memories.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 04:44 PM
Yup, I was in marching band too and I hated it!!



 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 04:51 PM
Barry, I too had a jerk for a band director. He was just plain abusive to us and his own kids. Teachers are supposed to help mold children, not tear them down. He tore us all down. Effin' jerk! He eventually left. The guy who replaced him was nice but completely inept.

I played percussion, mainly snare drum, from 5th to 12th grade in concert and marching band. I actually liked marching band.

 

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Barry, I too had a jerk for a band director. He was just plain abusive to us and his own kids. Teachers are supposed to help mold children, not tear them down. He tore us all down. Effin' jerk! He eventually left. The guy who replaced him was nice but completely inept.


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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 06:57 PM
I started taking drum lessons in the 5th grade & in the 6th grade,I won 1st chair in the drum section..a position i held until i graduated.I also won the drum kit spot in the Jazz band in the 7th grade,a position i also held until i graduated.I also played in the symphonic Band,marching band,& played the drum kit in the pep band. I was offered several scholarships which i turned down...I wanted to go on the road w/my band,which i did for the next 22 years or so...never regretted it,as being a band director was not my thing,LOL...

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 07:29 PM
I started on Trombone in the third Grade and played all the way through High School.

I was considering continuing at the college level but decided on engineering instead.

I studied classical piano privately from 4th grade to 12 th and summers
during college. (2 years)

After 6th grade I spent a summer taking lessons on tenor sax, but decided to stay on the trombone.
I was Named outstanding March Band Senior and elected President of the High School Band.

I played in Jazz ensembles and in the Pit Band for school musicals and plays.

After my junior year in high school I picked up guitar on my own and that has been my primary instrument since.
Although I did purchase a nice used Bach Trombone at a local music store a few years ago.. Haven't played it much since.

I also have sang in my church choir (children's choir young adults, Senor choir) and Sing Bass Voice
with my Church Choir now. Or sing solo with my guitar as needed for church and church events.

Music has always been a major presence in my life.





 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 07:58 PM
My high school story is like a few others here. Our band director was a member of an armed forces (NG) band and ran our HS band like boot camp. Miss a step in a marching routine? Well, 10 laps around the track should help that out. Slightly out of tune? A verbal tirade will cure that. He would have us dress out for a marching band rehearsal in summertime and make us stand for inspection for 30 minutes, at military attention. Then for fun, he would add a couple of more minutes everytime some member would fall out.
After two years the bass clarinet for marching and the contra bass clarinet for orchestra wasn't any fun at all.
My sister had the answer though. She was going to set me up with guitar lessons. She was dating a guy who played in a band and he would teach me, she said, after they got back from a few gigs. I was about 2 weeks away from that first lesson, walking down the hallway at school when it happened. There was this sound coming from the speech and drama classroom. Jimi's "Let Me Stand (Next To Your Fire) was blasting out of that room, and I mean blasting . Several things went through my brain:
1. The school doesn't have or own anything capable of that volume level.
2. There are more licks in that song than I remember, meaning it was live and good. Very good. So good in fact that it must be Jimi.
3. It's 1974. Jimi's dead.
So, I had to investigate. I opened the door and met Jack Pearson for the first time on one of his rare days of being at school. I also realized that the guitar spot was already taken. Never made that first lesson, but did meet the speech/theatre instructor.
Changed from band to theatre and had, and stiil have, the time of my life.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 08:18 PM
I played in a band both in jr high and high school

There was always a bonfire, a few kegs, and the cops were usually called.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 08:21 PM
Cool to see so many trombone players.While i played coronet & sang I never stuck
with it .My son however is a excellent trombone player he's been playing since the
third grade.Has played Avery Fisher Hall many times in classical symphonic bands as
well as MSG with weezer.He goes to nyu for music performance an is in Italy right
now for spring semester studying jazz.Very proud of him.Either you got or you don't
I didn't he does.

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 10:08 PM
Fun thread! I went to a small Catholic grammar school, so we didn't have music opportunities there.

After falling in love with a picture of a tenor sax on one of my dad's jazz LPs, I began taking tenor sax lessons in 9th grade at the public HS. Played in the marching and concert bands through 12th grade.

I also played electric bass in the jazz band from 10th-12th grades and loved that more than the marching and concert bands, quite frankly. Also played bass in the pit band for our musical in 11th grade, "Guys & Dolls".

We sold the tenor sax after HS at a garage sale, and I still dabble with bass and guitar today.

I think that one reason I love watching college football games more than pro is the energy level from the bands, and I'm still a sucker for the percussion cadences.

Two or three weeks ago, one of the local HS marching bands came to the MS where I teach (not music) and spread out in the cafeteria and played for all three lunch periods. Best lunch period ever! The band geek in me just loved it!

 

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  posted on 2/1/2010 at 10:48 PM

I started on saxophone in the sixth grade, but by the time I reached Jr. High I had improved so much over my peers that my band director moved me to a more difficult instrument: the bassoon. In the marching band, however, I played glockenspiel since you can't march with a bassoon.

I played bassoon for five years and went to Band Camp at the University of Miami each summer, eventually becoming first chair bassoonist in a 100 piece junior orchestra. Unfortunately in my senior year in high school, senior band was the same period as calculus and I had to choose. Math won.

Haven't played an instrument since ...

Edit: I should note that Junior and Senior High School bands are a very tight clique. My three best friends (living) were all band mates of mine at Sunrise Jr. High in 1962, and they are also the godparents of my children.




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  posted on 2/2/2010 at 12:10 AM
I played the guitar and all sorts of percussion all through high school with the band. Any chance to get out of classes and play music sounded good to me.

In music class itself, we learned quite a bit over the years. Elderly Scottish woman for a teacher and she was a musical genius. Very well respected in music circles and an awesome teacher. Made you sight sing everything you wrote before going near an instrument. Glad I met her as she was as good of a teacher as any I have ever had. Strict but cool so you didn't want to cross her.

 

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  posted on 2/2/2010 at 08:10 AM
Guitar. Stage Band.
 

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  posted on 2/2/2010 at 12:11 PM
Yes, Jr High Orchestra I played Snare drum. Only one year. Don't know why I didn't keep on doing it. I only play the ipod now.......
 
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