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Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Bit of Bragging

I know that most people hate for others to brag on their children. I'm sorry, but I feel like I must. You see, I am so proud that I'm about to burst and I strongly need to share it with someone. That someone is you.

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!

8 comments:

emmy said...

Absolutely lovely. You have every reason to be proud of him and I'm glad you are singing his praise. I hope he stays with his music. He clearly has a talent.

Mimsie said...

I got goosebumps listening to this. Hurray for this fine group of musicians and the parents who support them! Brag away......

Darla said...

How wonderful! A very proud parenting moment, for certain!

Linda said...

Congratulations to both of you. I don't blame you for being proud.

FYI--I received an email from you today with nothing in the subject line. There was only a weird looking link in the body of the email, which, of course, I didn't open. Just thought you should know in case it's spam coming from your contact list.

chris said...

This young musician is only 12?? Wonderful! You have reason to be proud! And good for him for taking a chance and sticking with a new instrument! I bet playing French horn could get him college scholarships!

(ps: I got the same email as Linda!!)

Mimsie said...

Me three (about the spam email).

Stephanie said...

Oh you brag away Mama!! That's a very proud Mama moment!!! :)

Cupcake Mama said...

I would be very proud too!!