Music Skillz Run in the Family!

My son started band this week. I am so excited!!! Why, you may ask? Because I was in band too!

I feel so proud that finally something I can share with him and teach him. My passion for music arts will be passed onto and into him!

Since T is a boy, it's always been hobbies or activities that he and his daddy shared in common. You know, all boy stuff. Truth be told, I really don't like sports unless my kids are playing them. With band, each individual has a unique contribution and all get to participate! And, I will be part of honing his music skillz!

When T showed some interest in band, I encouraged him to play the sax…my sax. It has a few scratches but the sound is just the same as when I played it as I started 5th grade! I can't believe I have had it this long. I did play in the band throughout high school. I went on to college and played in the Pep Band.

OK, if you really want to see me with my sax in my prime music days…here it is. Twist my arm why dontcha?? :)

Andreas Sax

We were driving to get him a new case, and I said “T, you know how old that saxophone is?” He responded immediately with the right answer – a guess – but still, he said “20 years.” I just said WOW! I mean, I cannot believe that sax is that old – and maybe I just dated myself here, huh??!!

We arrived home from picking up his accessories, and of course the kids want to hear me play it. Of course, I can still play! It's like riding a bike, you just don't forget when you play that long. I mean, you might be a little shaky at first, but it came right to me. I whipped out a near perfect version of Hot Cross Buns!

Teaching T

Then T gets his reed ready and he whips out a version of Hot Cross Buns too! I was so surprised. Last year in music, they played the recorder. The time he spent practicing his recorder was enough to teach them how to read music. It really is like a different language!

So, thanks for listening to a proud momma! I can't wait to attend the many concerts, solos, honors bands and all the other stuff that comes along with this!

Reusing my old instrument…frugal. Purchasing a nice case…not so frugal. Having this interest to share with my son…priceless!!

What kinds of interests do you share with your kiddos?

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on September 15, 2009


  • Elizabeth - September 15, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    I love this – as a former music teacher, my heart swells :)
    Love the old school band photo – I can say that because I have one very similar with me and my clarinet!

  • Marcy - September 15, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    I am a proud, former band “dork” as well! I loved it. How fun! :-)

  • Emily from Mommin It Up - September 15, 2009 @ 8:22 am

    Andrea I am so jealous! Just the other day I was trying to get Kate pumped up about being in the band and playing the clarinet (my old one, of course) but she seemed less than enthused. I hope she changes her mind by the 5th grade, because I will be crushed if she doesn’t become a bandy!

    I hope T has a great year :)

  • Jen @ One Moms World - September 15, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    Look at your cute self!! :). That is priceless you getting to share this experience with your son. WTG Mom!

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 3:24 pm

      Thank you all for your sweet comments on that picture of me! Oh, that was a *good* one. One day I might actually share pics when I had to wear the marching band uniform!!! I hated to wear that thing but for concerts, we all had to wear one. Boy, was that traumatic as a teenager!

  • Jenny from Mommin' It Up - September 15, 2009 @ 8:26 am


  • Kandi - September 15, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    How wonderful!! I’m living for the day one of mine says they want to play in band. I played flute and hubby played sax too!

    It’s great he caught on so quickly! Thanks for the smile first thing this morning! I love kids learning new things about their world!!

  • sharon - September 15, 2009 @ 9:41 am

    Wow! Such talent! You must be so proud!

    I was in band, as well as my whole family…siblings, kids, grandkids. There’s nothing like it. It’s more of a “team” sport than most sports are.

    I started on Clarinet in 5 grade…then got changed to the French Horn in 7th grade…I know… It doesn’t make sense to me either.

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

      Sharon, well if you had a band teacher like I did, you probably switched from some *encouragement* :) We had like 2 French Horns as long as I can remember – those instruments aren’t loud at all (or maybe the players were a little timid) so we could have used about 5 more!!!

  • [email protected] - September 15, 2009 @ 10:32 am

    How wonderful!! And, I am impressed…he did great in that video!

    Plus, I have to admit, that is one cute photo of you…you are adorable!

  • Russ - September 15, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    This is great. My oldest son just started 5th grade. We were looking forward to him doing orchestra and beginning to learn an instrument. Unfortunately, the program was cut this year for budget reasons. Very disappointing.

    While I may have ZERO musical skills, I was hoping for the “every other generation” rule because my mother is a very talented piano and guitar player.

    “Theres always next year”…sigh.

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

      Russ, that stinks :( He could always do private lessons possibly. Even that recorder our son played helped him understand the fundamentals. I was completely surprised!

  • Lisa Hone - September 15, 2009 @ 11:37 am

    That is so awesome — get them interested early and young while they are still “moldable…”! You must be so proud.

  • Shana Bennett - September 15, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Oh Andrea….I still have that senior picture! 20 years are you kidding me! It seems as if it was only a few years ago that we started that journey into music! Even though most of us let it go the older we got you stuck to it and were very good and competitive! I am so glad you get to share this with Thryceton!!!! You took me back into time today and what a smile you brought to my face, be proud mamma, be real proud!!!!

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

      Shana, I KNOW!!!! I am pretty proud, especially since I can finally teach him something!!

  • Amy @ tipsfromamomof3 - September 15, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

    That is so cool! I was never in band myself, but my oldest son is also in the 5th grade this year and he is playing the trumpet!

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

      Amy, the world needs great trumpet players so keep encouraging him!!!

  • Jennifer - September 15, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

    You made me have a flashback! I also had big hair and played the sax. All the cool people played the sax, right?

  • Aimee Kirzner - September 15, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    I love this! I, also, feel that most of my son’s interests are more in line with his dad’s. I was never a sports person so I just tolerate his games. As a former band member, I could really relate to your comments. I am so happy your son has taken an interest in something near and dear to your heart!!! I actually made my kids watch a vhs tape of me in college marching band. They thought it was funny!

    Thanks for sharing!

    • mommysnacks - September 15, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

      Aimee, that is hilarious!!! My kids would probably crack up if they saw a video of me performing! I don’t think any exist actually which means I will be making tons of my son! I hear a duet in our future!!!

  • Danna Reynolds - September 15, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

    My daughter started band this year too. She decided to play the flute, just like I did, and I love it. We have a lesson every night and it is great that she can use one of my flutes so we are saving money. It has really been a good mother-daughter experience.

  • Real Life Sarah - September 15, 2009 @ 8:32 pm

    Oh, that is so awesome, Andrea! I love those pictures of you showing him where to put his fingers! I cannot play band instruments at ALL, but my kids like to sing with me. Hubby has them in his classroom after school, and he’s teaching them violin. My 8yo actually played a scale on a French Horn last week! I can’t do that!

    Also, I danced all through High School, and a little in college. I have just started taking classes again at my daughters’ dance studio, (all three of them love it) and it is SO fun to share it with them!

  • Becky (Nickels-n-Dimes) - September 15, 2009 @ 9:03 pm

    I love it! I have never learned to play any instrument (can you believe it?) and this is one thing on my bucket list!

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