Category Music

Unexpected Ducklings

If you’re an oboist, and you join a band, and you ride in a parade, you’ll end up with a flock of orphaned ducklings. At least that’s been my experience. It all began several years ago when, as a VERY amateur oboist, I joined the Eau Municipal Band. (Fortunately for me, it’s not picky about […]

A Memorable Day in Trombone History

Today was a memorable day in trombone history: Sage played in his first Solo and Ensemble festival. Since he’s only in fifth grade, he didn’t receive a score, but his band teacher enrolled him in the festival for the experience and feedback. Sage did some last-minute practicing before we left: And in the gym: Unfortunately, […]

The Band Concert

Sage recently had his first band concert ever. His pride was palpable, and his “posing for the grandparents after the concert” performance was masterful. As for the quality of the music, well… Some children were clearly more dedicated to their art than others, and the net result was that my sister–an accomplished musician herself–had my […]

The Impromptu Concert

All the world’s a stage if one has a trombone and a pick up truck. That’s what Sage recently demonstrated when he gave an impromptu open air performance. Great art just can’t be contained within walls.

Of Trombones and Soccer Balls

I knew it would happen, and now it has: I’m a soccer mom. Not only that, I’m a music mom. The last few days have been a scramble to get Sage to band lessons and soccer games; my respect for parents who have to manage schedules for multiple children has increased exponentially. (THEY should be […]

Sage’s Day of Artistic Triumph

Sage is a boy of  many talents, and he got to show some of them off at his school’s Spring Arts Festival. Of course, he played recorder along with his class on their group songs, but he also stepped into the spotlight. After playing a duet with one of his best friends, he performed the […]

The Recorder

Sage recently added to his diverse array of interests: He’s now passionate about playing the recorder. When he first started the recorder unit in his music class at school, he would carry his instrument around the house and perform impromptu concerts at least once an hour. He even wrote an original song called “Knight Adventurer,” […]