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The Not-so-good player?

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Hi all - I don't have the time to look at other example posts and see how many words I have to say, but I will keep it simple...

I am that saxophone player gets yelled at by the band teacher for playing a triple altissimo D, deafening half of the band's ears, and outplaying the percussion. Every day. (so I actually don't have an A in band). My notes are so wrong that even the school Jazz band cannot predict my "kazoos". My brain cells are so dead that I cant play better than my 7th grade self in regional scales. My style is so (nauseating) interesting that my parents think any person other than me who plays saxophone played for 27 years. Anyways- I am glad to come here to learn new tricks and tips to further annoy my band teacher.

Me: "We got our band parts today!"
Dad: "Son, what part did you play?"
Me: "All of them..."
Dad: visible confusion

So- in conclusion, am I really just trying to live life to its fullest, and stray from the ultimate life goal of 99.9% of people; to satisfy their wills and try not to change? Or will I regret posting this since it is 2 am.
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A band I gig with had a player who technically was very good, a fine improviser. However, he couldn't be bothered to attend rehearsals, & even on the bandstand he showed no interest in what his fellow players were doing. He got disinvited from the band, & he's not much missed.

On the other hand, if you're in 7th grade... those around you can cut you a little slack. You're still finding out who you are as a person!

In junior high school Band class, I used to quickly memorize my section's charts & get bored playing 'em. Then I'd trade parts with players from other sections... & get bored playing those too. When I started making up new parts, the Band teacher would catch me & give me hell. So I figured out how to improvise parts that would blend in & not get me into trouble.

50+ years later, my ability to improvise internal parts that fit in well with what other players are playing... makes them glad to join me on a bandstand.
I am definitely more of a land-dwelling creature than my living-at-the-bottom-of-the-ocean self.
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Good teachers teach. Good mentors inspire. I was lucky to have a few of those, but also unlucky to grow up in an era when many adults felt duty-bound to belittle, ridicule, judge, inhibit, suppress, &/or punish every young person they came into contact with.

I'll be forever glad that I had enough independence of spirit to figure out some stuff experientially, rather than believe all the nonsense grown-ups told me. Sometimes kids need leeway to make their own mistakes, & learn that way. Sometimes kids can see through their elders' pretensions & misconceptions.
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Welcome! Enjoy the ride.
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