Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Kids Say the Darnedest Things About Their Marching Music

A high schooler who had a lesson today noted that "they gave us a copy of this thing called the Woodwind Feature. I think it's supposed to be an oboe and euphonium duet." Never mind the fact that a euphonium isn't a woodwind; has anyone ever heard of a duet between those two instruments...on the field? I'm thinking the kid misheard something. (On an only slightly related note, I'm amused that my new[ish] computer's spell check doesn't recognize "euphonium" as a word.)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kids Say the Darnedest Things at State Solo & Ensemble

A room monitor called out for the next performer, whose name happened to be Marco. Another kid replied by yelling "Polo!"

Friday, May 13, 2016

Kids Do the Darnedest Things

I'm not sure which was more strange: A gaggle of choir kids walking down the hall playing kazoos, or--just a few steps ahead of them--a band kid walking down the hall carrying a live chicken. (I don't think the two occurrences were connected, but you never know...)

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Kids Say the Darnedest Things About Their Class Projects

A middle schooler was lamenting how the object he had created in his previous class had turned out... KID: We made flowers in my last period, and mine looks like a taco. ME (after thinking about it for a bit): Well, considering what day it is today, that's kind of appropriate, right? KID: Yes, you're right! I love my taco flower! (This same kid related a Darnedest Thing from one of his classmates, who said this today: "Now I know why it's called Cinco de Mayo--because it's the sixth of May!")

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

(College) Kids Say the Darnedest Things About Movie Titles

The discussion of films came up in a recent combo rehearsal... ME: I don't go to the movies all that often, but I do want to see the two new jazz movies that are out [meaning the Miles Davis and Chet Baker biopics] KID: Oh, are you talking about that "Drumlash" thing? (I assured him that it wasn't that, nor was I talking about the similar nonexistent movie called "Whipline.")

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Wisdom of Greeting Cards...

From one I just sent to my aunt: "Being one day older only matters if you're a banana."

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Kids Say the Darnedest Things About History

Some of the duets in the books I use with younger students have no attributable composer, so they're listed as "18th Century" in the place where the composer's name usually goes. I try to turn this into a quick history lesson.... ME: When was the 18th century? KID: A long time ago. (The next kid answered that question the exact same way...)