Clarinet is legit.. I am not saying it is a bad choice of instrument(there are none music ed major) but I was just curious as to why you picked a clarinet.
Oh! Oohohohohoh. Okay, gotcha. Alright. But I suppose I picked it at first because it was easy. And when I got more into it I saw how great the music can be and that I wanted to get there. But I’m favorable to all band instruments. Especially trumpet, trombone and my ~personal favorite~ tuba.
One day during band class, my band director Ms. Lowe passed out our fight song. As long as I could remember, even from my older brother being in marching band back in 2005 and from the band playing in the morning from my seventh grade year, our viper fight song was a song that separated us from other schools. It’s a very joyful and happy song and at the end, it has a little snake charmer part to represent of course, our school mascot, the vipers. Ms. Lowe wrote this herself and it’s become a song that has really made me remember my days of hearing it in morning and looking at the marching band and saying, “Huh, I’m gonna be up there soon.” Alright, backround story over. So she hands them out right, and one of the second chair clarinets starts saying how they HATE this song and that they wish that it wasn’t even in the show and how she’d rather play another piece for the entire class period instead of playing the fight song. Now I know we are all entitled to our opinions, but what the hell are you even doing. She was basically disrespecting our band director and telling her that what she does for a living, what she puts all her effort into and what makes her happy is stupid and doesn’t even deserve to be in her own show. Honestly, I’m happy that the clarinet who said that isn’t even going to be in band next year. She’s going to another school and I’m glad she’s not going to be whining at band camp and sharing the field with the rest of us. I apologize for my hostility, but you just don’t tell your band director that you don’t like the music. Especially if your band director wrote it and you substitute “don’t like” with “hate”. And besides, they’re directing the show, not you.
Just to answer the question asked earlier... What made you pick the instruments you play? What about them appealed to you?
When I was 10, my grandpa offered to pay for an instrument when concert band recruiters came to my school. I wanted to play the clarinet but he said, "No! That's so loud and squeaky... play flute instead." ...So I did. He paid for the instrument and the dues that came with the lessons. I thought the flute sounded pretty, and I liked it a lot.
I continued to play into middle school, where I got my first taste of marching band. I was introduced to mallet percussion and thought it was awesome beyond everything. It looked like so much fun. I never got the piano lessons I wanted when I was younger, so I thought this was just as good, if not better and more badass. I played mallet percussion starting from my first year of high school, in marching band and concerts.
From being in percussion, I noticed that the drumline was even more awesome. They looked so hardcore. Even the girls in drumline were badass. I have the attitude... so why not? All the drummers always seemed so cool and tight with each other; they were like their own exclusive society. I wanted to be a part of that. I wanted to start off as a bass because I thought going for snare as a newbie was pretty prestigious... and basses, when clean, always sounded really cool. I still play bass in my college's marching band.
Now I really wanna learn alto or tenor sax because it's super sexy, and I hear that its fingerings are similar to flute's. And I've never played a reed instrument before. And since I haven't played brass either, I wanna learn euphonium, too. I played it once, just messing around, and it tickled my lips and I thought it was fun so I wouldn't mind doing it again.
Super long ask/answer but I'm proud of my instruments haha.
I actually started out playing French Horn my sophomore year of HS -- a couple of my friends and I were being derps and singing "Still Alive" from portal (Y'know, back when it was still cool) and the band teacher comes out and is all "Hey, you have a good singing voice... SO YOU SHOULD JOIN BAND!" Which made sense. Somehow. In any case, I started learning other instruments my junior year (In the order of clarinet, trumpet, flute, saxophone) and all the variants and derivatives thereof. I'm working on tuba right now -- the pitches are so close together!
(Oh yeah and I play horn and flute as my mains now. Pretty interchangeably. xD)
I picked the clarinet because I thought I had to (because of my dad). I was pretty miserable playing it because I couldn't play it well so I thought something was wrong with me. Then I switched over to bass clarinet and it turns out that I'm actually really fantastic at it for some reason.
I just went through all 100+ pages of this blog.
Also, as a baritone/t-bone player, I have the burning desire to ask: What made you pick the instruments you play? What about them appealed to you?
As for band-related instruments, I picked clarinet because it looked easy enough for me. When I learned more about it and more music influenced me, it grew on me like fungus. I saw the beauty of the instrument itself and it’s capability. And clarinet is definitely and instrument that I’ll keep progressing with in the future.