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    A few days ago I was teaching my 4th grade brass players, and we were talking about dumping water from your horn. Like all 4th graders, they love to see water (or, as they refer to it, spit) being released from the water keys (spit valves). We did the trumpets and trombones and then I focused on our lone French horn player. I showed them the different tubes horn players can open to dump water. Then I showed them the steering wheel trick, where you spin the horn clockwise three times to dump out any remaining water through the bell. I held the horn high as I did this so all the kids could see. I don’t know how it happened, but on the third spin, the horn did release water through the bell–right onto my face!

    I took it in stride as the kids howled with laughter. I told the boy, “You’re a very humid person,” and then announced I was going to practice good personal hygiene and visit the rest room to wash off my face. When I came back, the band room was still awash in giggles.

    Again, I have no idea how it happened, but it certainly makes for a great story.

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