The ASAPH Brass Band has about 20 players. I say ‘about’ because there are always one or two who are questionable…drummers especially. As school began last fall, six of the members left town to attend school out at the highway. It was a blow. BUT, God has used it to do good things. We began pushing the younger players who were already ‘in the pipeline’. Teddy, a lead trumpet player, is now teaching here every Monday and Friday. His beginner trumpet students have made great progress. AND, the young students that were already playing have now passed an exam and are knocking on the door of the ‘real’ brass band.
In February, I started six new trombone players hoping to find one or two that would continue. There are four that are doing pretty well. One is doing great. It’s exciting.
One of our young trombone players has jumped to sousaphone and taken to it like it was always his. It’s another whole God has filled.
PLUS, I decided to make an effort to not lose touch with the students who left town. They are all living in the same yard practically. It’s at the highway. I go there on Wednesday’s pretty often and have a little rehearsal with them. The Salvation Army church in that town graciously allows us to use their low brass instruments! SO, on those Wednesdays the little group is complete with solo trumpet, first trumpet, alto trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone and tuba! It’s like it was planned. Well, I guess it was. God knew!