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Like most young oboists, I would always find any reason other than my lack of preparation to explain why my oboe playing wasn't perfect. One day in my high school wind ensemble, I made a comment about how it was a bad reed day (you all know what I mean), and my director turns to me and yells, "WAH WAH WAH I PLAY THE OBOE." It became an ongoing joke in the band, and just before I graduated, a freshman came up to me and gave me this pin that he had made. Now that I'm in college as an oboe performance major, it's always a funny reminder to me of my time in high school.
Contributed by Katie Hirtzel