Wednesday, April 27, 2011

WHW: Tuba

Weheartwednesday | You Know You &heartsl It!I've been waiting to share this story for a few days now, and I'm finally getting the chance!  Earlier this week I learned about the "band flight" at Air Force BMT.  A "flight" is how trainees at BMT are organized, in comparison to companies at Army BCT.  Apparently, all of the trainees are asked upon arrival whether they have experience playing musical instruments.  Regardless of skill level (and sometimes they just need hot bodies to fill the seats), they will put you in the band flight!  There's perks to being in the band flight too.  Instead of having any one of these horrible duties, my duty would be band practice.  Band members also get their dress blues before anyone else, and play at all of the graduation ceremonies.  If the band is asked to play at an off-base event, you get to go as well.  As a 30 y/o teacher, I know I'm going to stick out like a sore thumb for leadership roles, so volunteering for band will be a nice way of getting out of being the dorm chief.

"I bet you didn't know it, but I'm a tuba player too.
And if you'd care to make a dare, I'll make a bet with you!
Erin, you tighten up your chops, and play your tuba hard,
'cause hell's broke loose in Lackland and the TIs deal the cards.
And if you win you get this shiny tuba made of gold,
but if you lose, the Air Force gets your soul!"

Yes I played the tuba and the sousaphone!  I sure hope I'll get the opportunity to do so in the band flight at BMT!  I originally started on the clarinet in elementary school, but I was mediocre and switched to tuba in high school when given the opportunity.  I also played the trumpet in my final year, in jazz band. When I found out about the band flight, Taryn was one of the first person I told, because she's a band nerd too.  :)

What about you, did you play?

1 comment:

Taryn said...

FIST PUMP!!! Like I said, this is the most AWESOME news on the planet. Tuba for the win!!

In my lifetime: I have played the flute, piccolo, a bit of oboe ... and the recorder. :P