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(Daily Mail)   High school football player who is geekier than most of us can play piano, trombone, tuba, small tuba, guitar, bass guitar, snare, trumpet and drums and has been offered 150 college scholarship offers. Finally something good comes out of Florida   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 72
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2014-03-22 01:02:49 AM  
The only good thing to come out of Florida is MILF porn
 
2014-03-22 01:19:32 AM  
WTF is a 'small tuba' is that British for baritone/euphonium, or is the author just confused?

Still, mighty impressive kid.
 
2014-03-22 02:49:15 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: WTF is a 'small tuba' is that British for baritone/euphonium, or is the author just confused?

Still, mighty impressive kid.


Thank you. I came in here to ask the same damn thing. It's probably a euphonium because it's a conical bore.
 
2014-03-22 04:15:41 AM  
Is there anything a brother can't do?
 
2014-03-22 04:21:35 AM  
It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.
 
2014-03-22 04:24:02 AM  

doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.


I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'
 
2014-03-22 04:31:13 AM  
At the same time?
 
2014-03-22 04:34:23 AM  
Keep on keepin' on, kid. I did and became an alcoholic.

/I think there's a lesson in there
 
2014-03-22 04:53:42 AM  
3.3
 
2014-03-22 05:00:29 AM  
As someone who plays who plays almost every instrument listed I can say that its not as impressive as it sounds. Especially where the brass instruments are concerned the fingers are the same for almost everything with the exception of the trombone. The only real difference between them is learning the various clefs (bass, tenor, treble, etc) and as a piano player he should have already had that down. The most challenging feature would be adjusting your embouchure when transitioning between the different mouth pieces. Musical talent is nice but he didnt get those scholarship offers because of it.
 
2014-03-22 05:03:48 AM  
They're hiring tuba players left and right in my town!
 
2014-03-22 05:05:13 AM  
Am I being overly pessimistic in thinking that this kid's amazing story is going to be interrupted in the future, when we hear some followup that he was gunned down by a cop for not saying "yes sir" fast enough during a traffic stop?

/tired and need sleep
//wants to be positive, but this kid's story is too amazing, and something makes me think it will have a tragic end.
///damn pessimism
 
2014-03-22 05:09:10 AM  
I played a whole bunch of instruments in high school too. I excelled in a couple and even played professionally for a while after graduation. A classmate was much much more gifted on only one instrument. He now teaches music at a university.

I'd say it's better to greatly excel at one thing. But I'm glad this kid got a scholarship, good for him.

/had to work my way through college, grumble grumble
//it's like languages, each one you learn makes the next easier to pick up. Eventually it's like buttah
 
2014-03-22 05:12:03 AM  
Good for this kid.  I hope he succeeds in life.
 
2014-03-22 05:13:54 AM  
By kid, I mean someone who is taller than me and outweighs me by 80 pounds.
 
2014-03-22 05:14:58 AM  
Wait.. He got those scholarships because of foosball.

It figures.
 
2014-03-22 05:17:29 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: WTF is a 'small tuba' is that British for baritone/euphonium, or is the author just confused?

Still, mighty impressive kid.


Baritone. Euphonium uses French Horn style twisting valves and four of them to give faster and lower playing ranges easier. A tuba is folded just like a euphonium, but has three valves like a trumpet. A sousaphone is a tuba that wraps around a player so that they can march with it. Unless the bell (end part) is made out of fiberglass or carbonfiber it is still a lot of weight to carry, but an improvement.

\yes, there is a strap system for a euphonium, but that only showed up in the 1970's and you can't march with it
\\too much bouncing
 
2014-03-22 05:18:19 AM  

LunarAtom: As someone who plays who plays almost every instrument listed I can say that its not as impressive as it sounds. Especially where the brass instruments are concerned the fingers are the same for almost everything with the exception of the trombone. The only real difference between them is learning the various clefs (bass, tenor, treble, etc) and as a piano player he should have already had that down. The most challenging feature would be adjusting your embouchure when transitioning between the different mouth pieces. Musical talent is nice but he didnt get those scholarship offers because of it.


I was in the process of saying just this, but you were faster. Any competent brass player could do this in a month, if they haven't already. And you're right, no university would care. This is not unusual, and it's not wholistic anyway, it's competitive for slots. He got a scholarship for an audition in a single instrument.

/I 'can' play 15 instruments, omg.

//this is not impressive. It's the number of them you have true expertise and skill on and to what degree, not the number you've fiddled with.

///it's like languages. Being familiar with two dozen languages is not impressive, being fluent in 4 *unrelated* languages is. Also, if you pick up Spanish, Italian's not that hard.
 
2014-03-22 05:18:58 AM  

beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'


"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."
 
2014-03-22 05:22:24 AM  

LunarAtom: As someone who plays who plays almost every instrument listed I can say that its not as impressive as it sounds. Especially where the brass instruments are concerned the fingers are the same for almost everything with the exception of the trombone. The only real difference between them is learning the various clefs (bass, tenor, treble, etc) and as a piano player he should have already had that down. The most challenging feature would be adjusting your embouchure when transitioning between the different mouth pieces. Musical talent is nice but he didnt get those scholarship offers because of it.


If he could sight read and play all of the brass instruments listed then it would be why he got the scholarship. It would explain why he had the time to learn them and play a varsity sport while getting decent grades.

\me, I went to college for 2 years for the second half of high school
\\I was bored with music too much to keep playing at that time
\missed a scholarship for the looks of it now
 
2014-03-22 05:22:31 AM  
He didn't get the scholarship for his music, he got it because he was on one of the best high school football teams in a state that lives for high school football. The fact that he's a well behaved, good kid just helps with Miami's continuing effort to overcome the reputation that they're just recruiting criminals and thugs for the football team.
 
2014-03-22 05:26:07 AM  
A guy on my high school football team was like this. He ended up going to the University of Colorado on a partial football scholarship and studying film. While there he ended up discovering that he really liked cocaine, quit playing football and became a coke hippy as described by somebody else that I knew. He ended up graduating and working for I think Discovery making nature documentaries until he had a breakdown and ended up in rehab. No he is a 1st grade teacher at one of the grade schools where we grew up.
 
2014-03-22 05:27:45 AM  

scalpod: beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'

"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."


I will never forget that day. The 1812 Overture. Just as two separate brass lines were to merge on the practice field, a trombone player panicked, not able to find his spot. As the band played those triumphant chords, the trombone player's slide pierced my ribcage. I chocked on my mouthpiece. My mellophone's huge bell encapsulated a rather ugly trumpet player's face. That was the day.. The music died.
 
2014-03-22 05:30:48 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: LunarAtom: As someone who plays who plays almost every instrument listed I can say that its not as impressive as it sounds. Especially where the brass instruments are concerned the fingers are the same for almost everything with the exception of the trombone. The only real difference between them is learning the various clefs (bass, tenor, treble, etc) and as a piano player he should have already had that down. The most challenging feature would be adjusting your embouchure when transitioning between the different mouth pieces. Musical talent is nice but he didnt get those scholarship offers because of it.

If he could sight read and play all of the brass instruments listed then it would be why he got the scholarship. It would explain why he had the time to learn them and play a varsity sport while getting decent grades.

\me, I went to college for 2 years for the second half of high school
\\I was bored with music too much to keep playing at that time
\missed a scholarship for the looks of it now


I don't think there's a scholarship for that. Foosball brings in all the money, foosball gets all the scholarships.

I could be wrong but it looks like this thread is going to be filled with multi-players who "missed out".

/I picked up the ukulele two years ago
//still an enjoyable, if not profitable hobby
 
2014-03-22 05:38:25 AM  

heimdalliii: LunarAtom: As someone who plays who plays almost every instrument listed I can say that its not as impressive as it sounds. Especially where the brass instruments are concerned the fingers are the same for almost everything with the exception of the trombone. The only real difference between them is learning the various clefs (bass, tenor, treble, etc) and as a piano player he should have already had that down. The most challenging feature would be adjusting your embouchure when transitioning between the different mouth pieces. Musical talent is nice but he didnt get those scholarship offers because of it.

I was in the process of saying just this, but you were faster. Any competent brass player could do this in a month, if they haven't already. And you're right, no university would care. This is not unusual, and it's not wholistic anyway, it's competitive for slots. He got a scholarship for an audition in a single instrument.

/I 'can' play 15 instruments, omg.

//this is not impressive. It's the number of them you have true expertise and skill on and to what degree, not the number you've fiddled with.

///it's like languages. Being familiar with two dozen languages is not impressive, being fluent in 4 *unrelated* languages is. Also, if you pick up Spanish, Italian's not that hard.


Adjusting the embouchure taking a month? Do you have pencil lips? Like an hour or a warm up if you have done it in the last week. As for the clefs...fingering charts were made for a reason and can be added to sheet music. The next reader may thank you or ignore you.

Out of the brass that was listed, the French Horn was missing and I suspect that this was because of lack of opportunity (either because of instrument availability or the teacher) or the fact that what you are saying is true for the 'average' brass player. The mouth piece is harder to play and some pieces call for glisses that have to be done by placing your hand inside the bell and shaping the sound. I have played on the mouthpiece and basic shape of the instrument when I played the melowphone (non marching version). I have never had to do the hand insertion and would only want to do that with a French Horn since the bell is made wider for a longer distance, but I have been told that it can be done on the melowphone (non marching).

\can play the following instruments: trumpet, tuba (all three forms, I only march with composite ones though), melophone, baritone, trombone, coronet, glass picolo, drum set
\\the last two are the ones that I am not competent at, but can play with a piece with a little practice
\\\the brass I am pretty good at and I wish I had more access to more than just my trumpet now
 
2014-03-22 05:40:43 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: scalpod: beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'

"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."

I will never forget that day. The 1812 Overture. Just as two separate brass lines were to merge on the practice field, a trombone player panicked, not able to find his spot. As the band played those triumphant chords, the trombone player's slide pierced my ribcage. I chocked on my mouthpiece. My mellophone's huge bell encapsulated a rather ugly trumpet player's face. That was the day.. The music died.


You went with that when the music calls for firing live cannons repeatedly?

5/10
 
2014-03-22 05:51:23 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Cerebral Ballsy: scalpod: beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'

"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."

I will never forget that day. The 1812 Overture. Just as two separate brass lines were to merge on the practice field, a trombone player panicked, not able to find his spot. As the band played those triumphant chords, the trombone player's slide pierced my ribcage. I chocked on my mouthpiece. My mellophone's huge bell encapsulated a rather ugly trumpet player's face. That was the day.. The music died.

You went with that when the music calls for firing live cannons repeatedly?

5/10


I was focused on the visual of a slide piercing a ribcage, but you're right, the cannon! We even had a cannon, we used it for football games so we did use it for the 1812 overture.

I was originally going to type Also Sprach Zarathustra but I thought more non-band-geeks might recall 1812 better by name.
 
2014-03-22 05:56:01 AM  

Cerebral Ballsy: gozar_the_destroyer: Cerebral Ballsy: scalpod: beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'

"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."

I will never forget that day. The 1812 Overture. Just as two separate brass lines were to merge on the practice field, a trombone player panicked, not able to find his spot. As the band played those triumphant chords, the trombone player's slide pierced my ribcage. I chocked on my mouthpiece. My mellophone's huge bell encapsulated a rather ugly trumpet player's face. That was the day.. The music died.

You went with that when the music calls for firing live cannons repeatedly?

5/10

I was focused on the visual of a slide piercing a ribcage, but you're right, the cannon! We even had a cannon, we used it for football games so we did use it for the 1812 overture.

I was originally going to type Also Sprach Zarathustra but I thought more non-band-geeks might recall 1812 better by name.


We couldn't have a cannon. State fire arms laws and the fact that school was a "no weapons zone" kind of killed the idea. The real pity is we found one that the owner was willing to donate and show us how to use. All we had to do was go pick it up and haul it a few hundred miles. Kind of killed the fun of doing the 1812.

\but I wouldn't have trusted the percussionists with firing it
\\they could barely keep a beat
 
2014-03-22 05:56:27 AM  
I think the only thing that could be more impressive is if the guy came out of the closet. All the same, good on him.
 
2014-03-22 05:59:03 AM  

scalpod: beverly8: doglover: It's not very impressive that he "can" do any of those, or all of them. If you really sat down in school and tried, you could be decent in a month or two in any instrument and high school football's not exactly a brain game. You can be an ace linebacker with nothing but 300 lbs of body and a helmet.

It's impressive that he "does" any of it. That's what I see the most with kids. They don't do anything because they know they can do it, until they wait too long and they can't anymore.

I was most impressed with the fact that he actually gets reality  "Football is not for long. I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers and play an instrument, click a mouse.'

"I used to be a musician like you, until I took a paralyzing blow in the spine."


touche.
/at least he realizes football is a means to an end, and not a career that lasts a lifetime....bet if he makes it in the NFL he wont be one of the ones who end up broke a year after their career ends.
 
2014-03-22 06:22:54 AM  

rynthetyn: He didn't get the scholarship for his music, he got it because he was on one of the best high school football teams in a state that lives for high school football. The fact that he's a well behaved, good kid just helps with Miami's continuing effort to overcome the reputation that they're just recruiting criminals and thugs for the football team.


I just hope this guy can withstand all the pressure to be like everyone else on the team, i.e. the thugs and criminals.  Growing up the way he did, maybe he can.
 
2014-03-22 06:37:32 AM  
Can he play tubular bells?
 
2014-03-22 06:37:33 AM  
Kidnapped from Canada as a child?
 
2014-03-22 06:52:01 AM  

maram500: I think the only thing that could be more impressive is if the guy came out of the closet. All the same, good on him.


He's pretty occupied right now, give him a few years.

TuteTibiImperes: WTF is a 'small tuba' is that British for baritone/euphonium, or is the author just confused?


Sexual innuendo, duh.
 
2014-03-22 07:04:28 AM  
Sounds like the kind of kid who gets killed in a car wreck.
 
2014-03-22 07:13:51 AM  
Impressive
 
2014-03-22 07:24:04 AM  
So he plays three musical instruments? Impressive.
 
2014-03-22 07:27:55 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: TuteTibiImperes: WTF is a 'small tuba' is that British for baritone/euphonium, or is the author just confused?

Still, mighty impressive kid.

Thank you. I came in here to ask the same damn thing. It's probably a euphonium because it's a conical bore.


This is why I love Fark. I saw "small tuba" and went "Damn Brits - it's a baritone!".

Then I wiki'd it and learned a whole lot more about my high school instrument than I ever thought possible.

/quit playing after separating my shoulder and not being able to hold my baritone properly...
//so the band teacher suggested I play the trombone.
 
2014-03-22 07:39:28 AM  
Talented.

/I can't even kazoo
 
2014-03-22 07:45:46 AM  
So he plays a few instruments and got 150 college offers.

So? He`s well on the way to being the worlds biatch.

He has one pair of hands, one head and one brain. And the expectations of everyone who figures out they might not be as smart as him.

Myself I rejected being other peoples "what can we get him to do now" person, people who can`t do what you can always want to see what they can get you to do now...

I also rejected basing my self worth on the praise of others, it is as ephemeral as the wind.

Half of them want to see you fail so they can feel good and the other half want to work you to death (sorry, succeed) so they can feel good. One is scared you might do what you are capable of and the other is scared you might not, both for selfish reasons.

The only way to win is to use the brain that everyone keeps calling amazing and to not be the slave of everyone elses expectations.

Live your own life instead of being some rich guys `brain guy`. Be the rich guy.

You know you are smart if you pay someone else to think for you...

You know you are REALLY smart if you don`t have to pay them...
 
2014-03-22 08:07:24 AM  
Man, that's a hard 18. He looks late 20s.
 
2014-03-22 08:12:51 AM  
"I can go down with a knee injury tomorrow, but I know I'll always be able to move my fingers "

So speaks the ignorance of youth. No, you will not always be able to move your fingers.
 
2014-03-22 08:16:04 AM  

dready zim: Half of them want to see you fail so they can feel good and the other half want to work you to death (sorry, succeed) so they can feel good. One is scared you might do what you are capable of and the other is scared you might not, both for selfish reasons.


It sounds cynical, but it is true.
 
2014-03-22 08:31:55 AM  
i762.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-22 08:33:43 AM  

dready zim: You know you are smart if you pay someone else to think for you...


That's called marriage.
 
2014-03-22 08:36:56 AM  
But can he do the "Kenosha", kid?
 
2014-03-22 09:55:57 AM  

strangeluck: Am I being overly pessimistic in thinking that this kid's amazing story is going to be interrupted in the future, when we hear some followup that he was gunned down by a cop for not saying "yes sir" fast enough during a traffic stop?

/tired and need sleep
//wants to be positive, but this kid's story is too amazing, and something makes me think it will have a tragic end.
///damn pessimism


Nah, he'll found a shrimp company after going through an amazing series of wacky adventures of every big cultural touchstone of the 2010s
 
2014-03-22 10:02:47 AM  
Were those scholarships offered by the department of redundancy department?
 
2014-03-22 10:14:07 AM  

JerkStore: Were those scholarships offered by the department of redundancy department?


I didn't want to be the one to point this out.... But  well-played.
 
2014-03-22 10:32:08 AM  
Hey, I can play all those too.
I gots me Garageband from that fruit company in Cupertino.
 
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