Subbed for Brian Handeland at his school band directing gig today.
Student 1: Can you play #185 in the book, "Symphony No Period One," for us?
*I play it*
Student 2: Can we do #22 in the book with the band?
Student 1 [referring to what I'd just played]: They play that piece at funerals when soldiers die.
Student 3: They play Old MacDonald [#22] at funerals?!
Yes, but only with the original lyrics (probably):
Old MacDonald had a farm
But now he is dead
I have been teaching music across the Twin Cities since 2011. Along with seeing students grow as musicians and people, one of the joys of teaching is the ridiculous things my students say.