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What Does Your Middle School Band Instrument Say About Your Personality?
You’re a pleasant person. People never hesitate to introduce you to their family unit, because they know you’ll say all the right things and respond in all the right ways. Parents also love that you appear very tidy and put-together. As an added bonus, any eccentricities you possess can easily pass as adorkable quirkiness. Seriously, you can pull off anything…even playing the clarinet in middle school.
People usually expect trumpet players to be loud and bombastic, but you tend to keep to the sidelines until you’re really comfortable with a social situation. Once you get acclimated, however, you know how to keep a crowd entertained with jokes and humorous antics. You also have a lot of opinions, and like the accuracy of your middle school trumpet playing, your opinions are ALWAYS right.
There's not really anything else to say here. You had the courage to tackle the most difficult instrument as a mere middle schooler. Your tween peers likely failed to appreciate your majestic presence, and now you've evolved into a human who's just too good for the rest of the world. You deserve to have everyone bow down as you walk before them.
You chose saxophone in middle school? You’re just…ugh, you’re just so cool! Choosing an instrument that emphasized any asymmetrical features was a bold move, my friend. Everything seems to come naturally to you, and people easily gravitate toward you and your aura of coolness. You probably have a really cool walk, and really cool sunglasses, too. And maybe a cool hat. COOL.
Oh, you trombone player. You probably sat in the back of the band room during rehearsal, slyly cracking jokes with the rest of your buddies in the lower brass. In social situations you still like to make comments on the sly, and you’re pretty reliable when it comes to quick quips and vocal parries. You easily recognize what you do and do not like, and if you don't like a person, they almost instantly know it.
Double reeds are no joke, so you're definitely the type of person who likes a challenge. You work much harder than the people around you, and you get frustrated when your toils do not receive the recognition they deserve. You prove your patient nature over and over again when you have to constantly explain what an oboe is to your less-informed cohorts.
You like to keep your life simple. You scorn extravagance in all of its forms, and you don’t waste time on excess. Sometimes you even catch yourself shaking your head at people who waste so much of their time and money on useless things. You can appreciate the tuba because it knows where it fits in the band and it doesn’t try to deny what it is. If you could, you would escape to a cabin in the woods and just ignore people forever. Maybe you’d even bring a tuba.
Any social struggles you endured in middle school have since made you stronger. Now you're the quirky person who everyone secretly wants as their friend. Your face is very expressive, which makes it difficult for you to fake your way through horrible small talk. People can agree that you're a very intelligent and amicable person, and you have a high tolerance for duck sounds.
When you tell people you chose percussion in middle school, they're usually not surprised. Being a middle school drummer meant combining an effortless cool with an air of indifference. Now people can ask for your opinion on anything and even if you respond with a shrug, they’ll still think you’re pretty interesting to talk to. You're also probably a really impressive (and maybe somewhat irritating) desk drummer.
In middle school, you were undoubtedly a secret powerhouse of a scholar, but your intellectual prowess was usually overlooked or underappreciated. This fear of being left out or ignored has carried with you past your middle school days, and just like the euphonium, you are tired of being left out. Fortunately you know your worth and your beauty and you realize that all of the other instruments — I mean, people — are just too dumb to appreciate it.
Oh, you lovely, delicate flower...PSYCH. Underneath that precious human exterior is the fierce flute warrior that you always embraced, but no one ever expected. You bristle at the thought that people still associate the flute with dainty fawns prancing through enchanted forests. It doesn't matter, though — you know the true power and potential of the metal saber you wielded in the years of your youth.
YOU WERE THE HERO THE BAND DESERVED. THEY ALWAYS NEEDED MORE OF YOU AND THEY DIDN'T REALIZE IT UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE.