Trauma: Life as a Fluteist

Ann Marie Nuckols’18

Playing the Flute gives some people peace, for me it takes me back down memory lane.

During my previous fluteist career, I played 2nd part, the lower, easier part, up until my 7th grade year.

I played for the St. Ignatius Band. This band consisted of; percussion, winds, brass, and horns.

There are two sections of the band, Advanced and Beginning. The Beginning band starts at the 5th grade, the earliest time you can join. The advanced band is the 6th grade through the 8th grade.

Until now the earliest time you can join the band is the 5th grade. St Ignatius is making the big waves, they are letting kids learn a new instrument in the 4th grade.

They are also extending the variety of instruments they are offering to strings.

Now to talk about why I loved St. Ignatius band, I didn’t.

Miss. Grismayer, the musical teacher at St. Ignatius, is a fluteist herself. She is an amazing women with multiple cats.

I have to give reason, I like Miss. Grismayer as a music teacher, not a band director.

The way the band is set up, the flutes sit in the first row because we have the least amount of members. Miss. Grismayer has the tendency to yell whenever we get off key, right in front of me. She is also a singer, so she has some pipes on her.

I love the flute as an instrument, it is pretty and has a wonderful tone. That is why, when making my schedule for next year, I chose to try to rekindle the beat of The Tempest inside of me, and try to get into music performance.

I am really hoping I get into the class. I have heard that it is an intermediate class. I have played for 5 years of my life, I love it.

I am really excited to take what elsa said to heart and leave the past in the past. I am hoping that next year will be better then the last time I played flute.

This is the picture of the flute that resembles the one that I have. Photo curtsy of Live Auctioneers.

This is the picture of the flute that resembles the one that I have. Photo curtsy of Live Auctioneers.

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