Bassoons are Covered

The Breaking Winds are four fantastically talented young women who make me proud to have once been a bassoonist—though I can’t claim to have played anywhere near their level:

Bassoon ensemble arrangements have come a long way, though—in my day, we droned through the Peter Gunn theme by ear, split the air with the first couple bars Rite of Spring, or goofed our way through Sorceror’s Apprentice and thought we were hot stuff.* But now . . .

This Rhapsodizing group is the Butler Bulldog Bassoon Band playing at my alma mater for the 2012 International Double Reed Society Conference. Does my heart proud that there is such a thing under the sun, it does.


*Which, of course, we were.


13 thoughts on “Bassoons are Covered

  1. I love that they’re playing on the stairs in the hallway of an apartment or office building and even more so that one of them is behind the bannister. Seems so rebellious. Certainly not what I imagine a bassoonist to be.

    • Yes and sometimes. Sunny is afraid of the lower notes—they rattle the living room windows.

      They’re a terrific group—the intro to one of their concerts was more than twenty bassoonists playing the opening to ” Thus Spake Zarathustra.” It was awesome.

    • I was able to ‘play’ a dulcian for a few moments during a Medieval instruments workshop in high school.

      I thought it would be easier—like the double reed version of the student recorder—but all I was able to manage was my celebrated Canadian goose imitation!

  2. Oh my goodness! A is going to freak. She’s at her mom’s this weekend but she’ll be back tomorrow and although she’s still on oboe (the band director won’t let her stop until he has someone to replace her, but he’s already lent her the bassoon), I guarantee she’s going to see these older girls and be inspired. I saw this and immediately had to show my husband. He smiled knowing I was thinking about how A’s mind was going to explode.
    Thank you!

    • You’re welcome, Lyra! Check out the group on YouTube—they do great Disney, too.

      And good luck to you and your windows when A. starts playing! 🙂

  3. Some of my best friends are/were bassoon players. It took me a while to catch on to the ‘Rhapsody’ (I was thinking a completely different direction-not unusual for me), but it was fun.

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