Wednesday, January 7, 2009


I was a member of the Simsbury high school band and marching band as a drummer/percussionist. One day our band director, Mr. John Fabale was not there. He was either sick or took a personal day.

So, we had a substitute band teacher for the session. We in the band thought it would be fun to try new instruments and that day seemed to be a perfect day to start.

I decided to play the trumpet, Barry Ryan took my place on the drums, and others in the band switched instruments as well.

When the substitute band director said "Okay. Let's start from the top", the sound of the band was probably the sound a dying elephant makes as we all blasted away on our new instruments.

He then said," Let's try that again."