This isn’t band class or rehearsal. Instructor Joe Strohl is proving this silver baritone works. We’re in the instrument repair class at Bowie High School in Arlington. The horn, in keeping with the school mascot – the Volunteers – is a volunteer.

“It’s been around a long time,” says Strohl. “And honestly we’ve done quite a bit of repair. This is actually one of our demo horns that we get to do this sort of thing on.”

Strohl hands me a hammer. I whack it. Twice. Then again.

Honestly … an instrument repair class?! I love it!

RTWT

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