My oldest son has been playing French horn since September. He played tuba at school all last year and was selected to add the horn this year. After a month and a half, his band teacher recommended him to play in the youth philharmonic orchestra of this area. When I picked him up from the first rehearsal, he had a look of sheer panic on his face. In the car, he told me that this was so far above him and he didn't think he could ever catch up. I gave him the "hang in there" speech, but was seriously worried. I didn't want to put him through something he hated. He asked the conductor if he could switch to tuba, his dominant instrument. He was told that they greatly needed him on the horn and preferred that he stay put. He decided to stick it out
Son #1 didn't want me to attend any rehearsals. He wanted me to experience the music for the very first time at the performance. I was glad that he made this request because I was blown away. Here is a snippet from his first concert. You can't see him in this video, but he is to the right of the harp. You can see his music stand and part of his horn. This piece features selections from Gershwin. You can totally hear the French horns at the beginning.... That's my baby! (And yeah, I know the strings are off at the end but that's not my worry. My kid doesn't play strings! Haha!)
Thanks for allowing me a few moments to be a proud Mama!