I began playing trumpet in the 4th grade but it wasn’t the instrument for me. I could hear the other students playing actual songs while I struggled to make any notes sound good. The band teacher talked to us all one day about how some of us might get to switch to the French Horn in 5th grade. Even though I had no idea what that instrument was at the time, I eagerly raised my hand in the hopes that she might pick me.
Being a band teacher now myself, I sense that she may have had some strong reservations about letting me switch - seeing as how I was not doing very well on the trumpet and the horn is notoriously more difficult. Luckily for me, she didn’t let that stop her from giving me a horn for the summer break. As soon as I started to play it, I knew that this was the instrument for me. I loved how it sounded, how it felt to hold onto it, how it looked and how I felt when I was playing it!