September 17, 2009

Avenging the Future

My son wants to go to USC he informed me today.

"USC," I said, "You better make the grades. It's a tough school to get into. Why USC?"

He replied, "I'd like to be in their band. *pause* I'm kind of stuck. What would I play? I play the bass guitar."

I kept driving and finally said, "You could play the tuba. You already read bass clef. You could do that."

He stared out the side window. "I don't see myself playing the tuba, Mom."

I looked over and said, "You play percussion."

"I'll never be good enough for a band like USC."

And I said, "Listen, talk to your drum teacher. Let's talk to him about getting you DCI competitive. If you can be good enough to get into DCI, then you may have a shot at the USC drumline. You have to decide."

He has been thinking, but I think it is just the 'college thought of the day'. Last week he wanted to go to UF. Last month he wanted to go someplace that snowed.

And what spurred this thought? He found on Youtube the USC halftime show where they played a song from his favorite band, Avenged Sevenfold.

Because that's how you choose your future at 14 years old. You pick the college by the band that plays the music you like best... Really.

Posted by Boudicca at September 17, 2009 09:43 PM

My son wants to be a Navy Seal...I'll take USC.

Posted by: JihadGene at September 18, 2009 12:13 PM

So long as he's not picking a school soley because of its party reputatiom.

Posted by: diamond dave at September 18, 2009 12:30 PM

Being in the USC band would be kinda cool :)

Posted by: PeggyU at September 18, 2009 12:48 PM

University of South Carolina is a fine school. I don't know about the band though. At least he's thinking about an SEC school. Unless he picks Florida...Gaaahh!

Posted by: Dax Montana at September 18, 2009 01:56 PM

Geeze, thought i would show this video to my boys and be cool mom. They already know about it.

Posted by: Jilly at September 18, 2009 08:24 PM

He and I need to have a talk.....

Seriously, Pete Carrol's USC.....

Have you seen that guy's hair.....

I mean, yes I had the whole feathered hair....

But it WAS the 80's....

Say it ain't so, just say it ain't so......


Posted by: P'cola Titan at September 18, 2009 09:24 PM

That's funny because last night I found a clip of University of SC band playing Dave Matthews Band and for a moment, I wanted to be part of their band ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at September 18, 2009 09:39 PM

But can the USC Band do this?

(I'd have embedded that link but your content filter doesn't like references to U-Tube, so remove the underscore in the middle of this URL to make it work.)

From a trumpeter's perspective, it looks like this.

Posted by: Bob at September 19, 2009 09:25 AM