Monday, December 6, 2010

The Bocal Minority

Miss Proper is now in a band.  Unfortunately, it's not the kind that will allow me to mismanage her money and retire in style.  Sigh.  It's the middle school band.  And, I'm very proud of her.  Two weeks before school started she went to a beginner bassoon camp and learned all about her instrument.  Since then, she is taking private lesson each week and has a nearly private class in school each day.  There are only four other bassoon players, so she is getting a good bit of instruction even during the school day.

A Little Night Music

Bassoon.  Probably the perfect instrument for Miss Proper as bassoon players are described as "serious".  Also a good choice as she is so competitive.  If she doesn't get first chair, she will be terrible to live with for a few days.  Fortunately, as there are only four other bassoon players, she has a fighting chance.  And she is the only girl, but the boys are "not cute."  One of those "not cute" boys asked her to be his girlfriend last year, and she said, "I'll take it under consideration."  YOU GO, GIRL!  After she considered that she already had a boyfriend (now a distant memory), she told him "no".  Made me giggle like crazy.  I'm hoping she is better at that whole boy-girl thing than I was, and I'm thinking that at eleven she already may have a better hang of it than I ever did.

But, back to Miss Proper... She has learned how to play the "Theme from Jaws", "Ode to Joy", "Jingle Bells", "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Up on the Rooftop," "Old MacDonald," "Go Tell Aunt Rhody," "Good King Wenceslas" and several other unrecognizable medleys and harmonies.  Tuesday evening is her Winter Concert.  I'm sure it's going to be fabulous!   


  1. That is great, four bassoon players in the 6th grade band. M. was the only! She loved it and had such a great time in the band. Good job, Miss Proper!

  2. You know you can come if you want. Tomorrow night at 7:00. Jonathan Reynolds and Ty Pletcher are playing, too.