Band or Orchestra?

Band or Orchestra?


Zoe has started 5th grade and is eligible to play a musical instrument at last.


Music is very important to me (no, really?). Both kids have been playing piano since they were 7. They will continue until they decide not to -with the caveat that they will be playing another instrument. Guitar again? OK, you can quit piano now.

I played clarinet from 4th to 12th grade, and my niece, Kelley, used my instrument after me. It's a fine instrument, but unless you're wanting to play classical music or areĀ Pete Fountain,(man can that guy play), there aren't many musical groups in need of that particular woodwind. I suppose you can switch to the sax for bands that play ska, big band, or even The Dave Matthews Band.

Did you play an instrument? Can you still remember how to read music? Should I instead be dreading the squealing noises that will soon emanate from her practices?

We attended the first of four meetings for 5th grade band and orchestra, and I was thrilled by the huge turnout. That room was packed with a ton of kids ready to start playing. Then it dawned on me that we feed into Prospect High School who has a world famous music program, and these kids are its future. Its inspiring to see all of these families eager to enroll their kid despite the fees associated with it. I am not sure if this was always the case, but as with most schools, we are hurting financially, but coughing up some money is worth this life skill.

I love seeing how musical my sister's kids are, and am excited to follow their lead. Kelley also plays bass and Ryan and Luke are awesome drummers, and they know piano too.

Zoe has decided to learn how to play the violin.

Classical music is lovely, but personally, I am more excited about the other personality of the violin. The one where it appears in bands like Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, and The Charlie Daniels Band... the fiddle!

Sing it with me...

The devil went down to Georgia, he was looking for a soul to steal. He was in a bind, he was way behind, and was willing to make a deal...

For an amazing claymation video for this song done by Primus (who do the South Park theme song), you have to see this. Suffer through the ad, its worth it to see the band of demons join in.

(Sidebar: Upon hearing this song recently, Scott joked ala Jeff Foxworthy: If your chicken's in the bread pan, pickin' out might be a redneck. I am so proud.)

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Tags: band lessons, instruments, violin

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