The Music Boy

When I was a little boy, I wanted to be in the Lanett High School marching band. I thought those black and gold, Prussian Guard-style uniforms the members wore were magnificent! I remember being taken to local football games by my mother and father. The games were highly anticipated occasions, and the carefully orchestrated halftime shows were enthusiastically received by fans. That’s the way I remember it anyway. I know my family enjoyed them. It turned out, my musical interest didn’t extend much further than a childish desire to dress up like something out of the Nutcracker Suite. My athletic abilities weren’t much better, so I’ve spent my life in the stands. The urge to dress splendidly did not last, either.

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47 responses to “The Music Boy”

  1. Good on ‘ya TruckerRon! I still play my euphonium (and sometimes a British Baritone) in community bands and wind symphonies. Currently playing euphonium with the City of Perth Brass Band while we are down here on a temporary assignment. It was a “bucket list” item to someday play with a British-style brass band!

  2. So…..what instrument did Janis play in the marching band? JJ would probably say, “I don’t know.” Do we need to use our imaginations?

  3. Yes, we do. Fun opportunity! Prob’ly flute.

    Me, I was a trombonist. Front row.

    Euphonium, Rusty! Gorgeously rich instrument!

    March 4th is John Phillip Sousa Day, so the joke goes, Steve.

  4. Our music department at BYU has a collection of rare instruments (some owned by the school, others on loan from collectors and faculty), including some double bell euphoniums and some really old tubas and sousaphones.

    So, who were the best kissers? Flautists, brass players, sax players? My only experience was with a gal who played the Eb soprano clarinet.

  5. I never played any instruments but I married a string bass player, who was stuck with a drum in marching season. One nephew played French horn for a while.

    One favorite musician joke: French horn players kiss good but they hold you funny.

  6. Iove Tusk too and video is awesome with marching band.

    I played trombone, clarinet, flute and piano but never marched.

    I have been told I have a natural lip for flute. It is a useful gift in life.

  7. In high school, my sister played the violin. Our band was small, so during football season she carried a flute two years (I think she could actually play a few notes.) and the cymbals the other. I played the trumpet the first year, and the baritone horn the other two.

  8. Really liked the show, Bill/Paducah; many thanks for the connection. I had to watch several more items from that page…fascinating.
    For some reason, I think Janis’ marching form could be suitable for a glockenspiel player. I guess her ability to peck out the letters so easily made me think of a person tapping on the correct musical notes.

  9. Love ’em, DJJG7! Most of the viola ones I’ve heard, but not the millionaire trombonist! I played in band and/or orchestra all the way through junior high and high school, also chorus in high school most of the time. Started on my brother’s cornet, got braces, switched to soprano saxophone (because that’s what the school had available), moved to a different town, and switched to string bass (same reason). So I’ve covered brass, woodwind, and strings, plus piano (pretty much forever) for percussion. Also English handbells, for that matter. Handbells are a lot of fun.

  10. All y’all talking about eclipse of blue super moon made me Google for information about viewing it from Tulsa. We are in hotel because it was my chemo day.

    Told Ghost enthusiastically that it began here st 4.51 a.m. and we could just walk out door by pool to watch.

    Ghost said the day we did that would indeed be s true ablue moon.

  11. We are celebrating the Blue Moon with me, a pint of Haagen Dazs butter pecan ice cream and Ghost, a pi t of Ben and Jerry Cherry Garcia .

    In bed. From the lobby fridge.

    Ghost stepped outside the door and decided the weather was too severe to risk going across the street to Coldstone Creamery or Marble Slab.

    It’s 43 degrees here now with strong breezes.

  12. OK, so I’m jealous. Classical + G&S geek and have a good bass voice, but play no instruments and cannot read music. Mom was proficient on piano. They owned one, but had to sell it and relocate in the first years of the Great Depression. [Will not digress into politics here.]

    Older, ordained son owns and plays a decent upright, has a good voice [baritone?], and sings well. Younger son, even more skeptical than I, plays French horn,has a voice just like mine, and sings in his UMC choir.

    The 25 Jan. TIP [click left arrow in Ruth Anne’s URL 2 or 3 times] is sacrilegious.


  13. A cover of the beautiful and VERY danceable Blue Moon by Raul Malo of the Mavericks. I think I will play this one for Ghost whdn I wake him up to see it in morning.

    Ghost is a wonderful dancer.

    Or go out and dance with someone you love and feel the magic.

  14. I played the trombone from the fifth grade through my freshman year in high school. I carried the bass drum (and played it) when we marched, since I could easily manage the weight. We moved my sophomore year to a larger school… it didn’t have a band, but did have football! I moved from trombone & bass drum to defensive tackle. I was much better at football.

    I’ll be watching the eclipse in Austin in the morning. We reach totality at 6:51, just a few minutes before dawn. The maximum eclipse is below the horizon for us, since moonset is about 7:24. The end of the total eclipse is well below the horizon for us, at 8:07 am.

  15. Today I commented that all the Village seemed to have played in school bands. Ghost said that would be expected.

    Think he means .most of us have creative talents and gifts.


  16. Jackie, you may be right about Ghost’s observation. But I also remember how the ‘cool kids’ or ‘in crowd’ or OMG I just realized I have no idea what the ‘kids’ are calling themselves today. and I’m pretty sure OMG is out too.

    Back on track, the popular students in the American Pie movies nearly 20years ago labeled Allyson Hannigan’s character the band geek. We may be seeing a certain overlap in geek culture; where band geeks and toon geeks collide.

    Learned piano, but hard to carry. Played flute because while our district did not support a seperate classical/symphony/chamber group, I thought the instrument was versatile. And if Ian Anderson can rock a flute, so could I. Besides, I failed the clap test for snare drum. Stop laughing, they eventually taught me to keep time.

    I also have Janis pegged as a reed player, starting on clarinet early then developing to oboe or other exotic woodwind for symphony.

  17. I assume most of you are familiar with the OLD oboe joke: An ill wind nobody blows good. My husband played it for a while in high school but quit because he couldn’t afford the expensive reeds that had to be replaced frequently.

  18. Yes, it is true the band members were geeks Morphy. I did not play any instruments past junior high although I dated some musicians in high school.

    I was a brilliant teenager trying so hard to be cool and disguising any studiousnsx by seldom studying.

    So was Ghost but he claims to have been quiet, shy and a tad geeky.

  19. Speaking of 31 Jan. comics, today’s A&J is a good reason for eating in cafeterias. Many times servers have asked me how everything is before I’ve had one bite, much less sampled all items on my plate.

    Also, today’s 9CL is kinda sweet. [Speelczech is objecting to slang today.]


  20. And do the servers practice always arriving when you have just taken a bite and can’t answer? emb, I have the same thing happen too. How do you know how it is when it just came out?

  21. Linda never does that. I was probably one of her first patients, and she’s now mid 50s. Delightful person, and competent. Same dental office since we came in ’58. Was a one-man affair downtown, eventually moved to a larger site downtown, room for hygienist, then he and other dentists built a new place on N edge of town, two blocks from our former home. Receptionists, hygienists, dental assts., newer tech., etc. Original dentist retired, lived w/ wife in same townhome spot we/I are now in, has since died. Still 3 dentists, all different from the originals. Cannot remember when Linda came on board, but am glad she did. I may live long enough for her to retire. That’s going to happen one of these years w/ my primary MD, and my regular ophthalmologist. Actually, I’ve switched from him to a newby, because she is also a specialist in retinal disorders. Age has its plusses and minuses. Peace,

  22. The good news: I saw the total SOLAR eclipse last August. OTOH, at least I didn’t spend lots of $ traveling for this lunar eclipse. I just missed out on an hour’s sleep to get up early and see a solid cloud cover from horizon to horizon.

    Inigo Montoya: Who are you?
    Man in Black: No one of consequence.
    Inigo Montoya: I must know…
    Man in Black: Get used to disappointment. You’re in Utah.
    Inigo Montoya: ‘kay.

  23. Totally agree that customer ” service ” while dining is annoying. But the constant use of GUYS drives me batty. I am not a GUY. I am a gal.

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