08. August 2007 · Comments Off · Categories: Ramble

On the bassoon and oboe, which aren’t typically used in marching band but can be given solos: “If parents realized the scholarship opportunities with the bassoon and oboe, they’d tell their kids, ‘That’s what you’re going to play.'” — Mike Ryan, Fort Worth executive director of fine arts

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I can’t tell you how tired I am of reading or hearing this. It’s simply a stupid reason to take a double reed instrument. And do remember, it’s not just that you play these instruments … the quality of your playing matters!

Please play instruments that you want to play. Parents, don’t choose an instrument because you think it’s your child’s Key To College. Students should choose instruments that fit them. If an oboe isn’t a good fit, it’s such a drag to deal with. Really.

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