Funny Things Said in the Band Room
- This topic has 22 replies, 15 voices, and was last updated 8 years, 2 months ago by nafmeadmin.
April 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm #22710
One of my more hyper sixth grade students was very interested in my tempo posters that I have hanging in my room one day. As we were talking about musical goals that we wanted to accomplish, he raised his hand and very seriously stated, “I’d like to be more Lento.”April 9, 2013 at 11:50 pm #22743
My lead trombone player has a running list of quotes on the whiteboard. Some of my favorites:
“YOU try thinking and playing quarter notes!” (when discussing subdivision)
“I hate this song but I love it.”April 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm #23210
6th grade Band – Me, “Where does an accent come from?” (thinking I’d get a great answer such as “from your foundation”, but instead…. Student, “Britain”May 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm #24239
I’m teaching two Senior High Music Appreciation Classes this semester and have been doing a lot of listening, me playing music for class and discussion, them playing music for the class and telling classmates about music, etc.
This last listening round I thought we would have some fun and have each student play the “worst song they have ever heard”. Has made for some interesting discussions as one student plays a song, and 1-2 others in the class say “I actually like that song”.
Best one was last week as we were listening to a song, in walks my HS principal. He’s a newer guy, still getting to know him, learn his personality, etc. He proceeds to name the song, the band, the album it was on and “man that is a great song….” The room got real quiet, class was not sure they wanted to laugh at the principal.
He talked to me about an issue and starts to leave when one of the students in the back of the room lets him know why we are playing the song. He took it well and laughed it off, but I wasn’t sure that I was going to tell him.May 1, 2014 at 9:01 am #36791
Today, we were playing a very quiet passage and my bass drummer came in wicked loud. I stopped, and asked him if there were any letters under his part. He replied, “mp.” I asked him if he knew what it stood for. His response: “more power.”May 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm #37291
So I am doing a piece with my entire band on buckets, this term that is only 22. The buckets are getting pretty beat up. One student today says I am sorry I missed that section my thumb was stuck in my crack. That ended rehearsal so much laughter.October 1, 2014 at 11:13 am #41699
The other day a young clarinet player asked me for a new reed. I asked him what size. He said, “two-and-a-half inches.”January 17, 2015 at 1:24 am #43861
Here are a few of my recent favorites:
A junior girl very vehemently told off another person in her section: “I AM music, okay? You cut me and I’ll bleed out Mozart!” This is the same girl that once got her arm temporarily stuck inside the bell of her alto sax.
6th grade boy: “I just hit myself… in the back of the head… with my trombone.”
I was running rehearsal with my 6th graders and said, “Okay, let me hear everyone play but flutes.” One of my boys in the trumpet section hollered out, “Butt flutes?! Did you just say butt flutes?!” Even I had to laugh at that one.
- The forum ‘Band’ is closed to new topics and replies.