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The Euphonium and the Euphonium Player: Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks

The Euphonium


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1. The Euphonium;

2. The Euphonium-player;

3. Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks is a typical euphonium-player;

4. Mike's favorite music for romantic love, sensual love, raw sadness, anger, nostalgia plus one specific memory.

Listen to the sound of the Euphonium (after the intro)

Lower brass section

A standard symphonic orchestra has a Higher Brass Section and a Lower Brass Section.

The euphonium is part of the Lower Brass Section.

The Lower Brass Section from highest to lowest is composed of the:

  1. Tenor Trombone
  2. Bass Trombone
  3. Euphonium
  4. Tuba

(Other instruments rarely used are the Bass trumpet, (Wagner tuba) and Tenor tuba)

Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Trombones

Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Bass trombone

Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Tuba

The Euphonium versus the Baritone horn

Non-musicians confuse the Euphonium with the Baritone horn. The Baritone horn is a bit smaller than the Euphonium, with a cylindrical bore in order to produce brighter sounds opposed to the Euphonium's conical bore that offers the mellower, more velvety sounds. The Baritone horn is a common instrument for high school and college BRASS bands an especially for marching bands, but seldom if ever used in the Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra. If for any reason it finds an opportunity to feature in these orchestras, it will play the part written for the Euphonium.

Distinguish between the Euphonium and the Baritone horn

Listen again to the sound of the Euphonium (after intro)

The Euphonium

The Euphonium is a Bb-instrument, which means that it produces a part of the Bb harmonic scale when no valves are used.

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In America music for this instrument is usually written in the bass clef while in the British-style brass band it is written in the treble clef. It can even be written in the tenor clef, depending on the choice of the composer. One way or the other, the accomplished euphonium-player will know how to utilize (fingering) the 3-4 valves of the euphonium as well as his lips (embouchure) in order to produce the composed notes. The student, however, in comparison with students on other brass instruments, will find it difficult to produce the acquired sound. Therefor the euphonium asks for a dedicated, determined and hard-working musician.

For marching, euphonium-players prefer to use the marching bariton, a cousin of the euphomium a bit smaller and easier to carry, or the bigger marching euphonium. A modern marching euphonium can be converted from an upright position (for concerts) into a marching forward bell.

Unfortunately the euphonium is replaceable in orchestras by the trombone, and especially by the Bass trombone or the less common Bass trumpet better known as the Wagner-tuba. Therefor aspiring euphonium-players are often obliged to play a second instrument when seeking employment. (My daughter-in-law, a qualified pianist and euphonium-player, has to play the French horn as a second instrument in order to fill vacancies in orchestras, an instrument in the Higher Brass Section that does not really satisfy the needs of her soul to express itself via music.)

The structure of an Euphonium


The Marching Euphonium with a forward bell


Music for the Euphonium


The range of the euphonium


Ben-Tovim and Boyd cover all matters regarding music tuition in their book: "The Right Instrument For Your Child."

The Euphonium-Player

“There is no room in the band for a euphonium-player who brashly plays away without listening to the higher instruments,” says Atarah Ben-Tovim and Douglas Boyd in their book “The Right Instrument For Your Child.”

A typically euphonium player is neither a leader nor a follower, but a self-confident, though shy and quiet, intellectual with the desire to play a unique and significant role in society. They are neither aggressive nor unaggressive, but complacent and satisfied in a humble and not egotistical manner about their progress and accomplishments in life.

They are the kind who quietly listen to others before they practice their distinctive quality of responsiveness. With emotion, however controlled, they react on people and events, commanding respect and enforcing discipline without deliberately trying to do so.

I agree with SOME of the statements about euphonium-players in the Urban Dictionary:

  • Hardly anybody knows what an euphonium is, so euphonium-players often get tired of explaining it. (I must add that typical euphonium-players not playing the euphonium are often busy doing something not ordinarily encountered and they do get tired of explaining their intentions and actions. But being self-assured and self-complacent, they most likely stop explaining and simply keep on doing what they are doing.)
  • Euphonium-players are usually the least ignorant section in low brass and the smallest and most talented section in the band.
  • The sounds produced by the euphonium player are envied by all other band members. "Wow! Did you hear that Euphonium solo? It was spectacular!" (And so are the behaviour and actions of typical euphonium-players.)
  • Euphonium-players are too cool to make amorous advances, but the way they play the euphonium sounds like amorous advances.
  • If you mess with a euphonium player, you will get hurt (in a peaceful way.)

My hub about choosing the right instrument for your child

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Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks

Looking for the musician in Mike Friedman aka mckbirdbks, I can clearly see an euphonium-player in him. He was announced as the best fiction writer (2012) in HubPages, inspiring hundred of readers to escape from reality through his most successful series Emerald Wells Cafe and Bakery.

Hubbing, selling books as Mockingbird-Books for twenty years via the Internet, currently at (

and being a professional illustrator, are some of the reasons why Mike postponed his audition for euphonium-player in the Hubville Symphonic Orchestra. More reasons came to light during his interview with Sunny Day at

A Must-Read Short-Story by mckbirdbks

  • Ohio Tom - The Letter
    This giant of a man on my right flank a moment ago now lay sprawled across the ground. His helmet, thrown free and was still spinning. His eyes stared in my direction.

Mike's Audition

As part of Mike Friedman's aka mckbirdbks audition for musicianship in Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra, I've asked him to pick an justify a song he associates with a specific emotion.

Mike takes the floor:


Mike: "I was very fortunate; I found romantic love head-over-heels. I found it right-a-way as a matter of fact. I was ‘taken’, ‘smitten’ and ‘all-tied-up’. So I had that, great some people don’t. I recommend it, it is not to be missed."


Mike: "Sensuous love, this is a bit more tricky. It is candlelight, and hot baths, Champagne by the fireplace. It is a bright tomorrow, and soft music accompanied with unhurried kisses. It is lace table cloths and corner booths. There is still a thrill of anticipation and discovery. Sensual love; I was very fortunate I found this a couple of times. There was this one girl …oh, wait, that is a story for another day."

(Mike, I am sure all your followers look forward to hear more about this one girl!)


Mike: "Then the lights inevitably come on. There are whispered good-byes, or there is shouting in my face. Grabbing things off the wall and throwing them at me. There are bills to be paid. There are sick kids to tend. There are Brunettes, yellow sports cars and doors closing."


Mike: "Anger, anger is a complete waste of time. So instead of looking for a song that would express anger, I thought I would just kick-back with some classical gas. And ya’ll just don’t know how funny this is."


Mike: "I sat and thought about what I could possibly be nostalgic about. Then it hit me. I have done what-ever-I-wanted to, since, well forever. No adults to get in the way, until I went into the Army. I had a daughter when I was twenty; a house at twenty-six; two daughters at twenty-seven; an apartment at twenty-nine. Hey what could be better? But with extreme soul searching I managed to find something I miss!"


Mike: "Martie, you ask such tough questions. Searching through the vast memories in the aged vault I came upon this song. And since you specified one song only, this one will have to serve for each of my three daughters. The words hold true today as strongly as they did in 1972, 1976 and 1986.

I guess this assignment was not as tough as I thought.

Thank you Martie for including me."


Thank you, Mike!

Your selection of music prove your above-average ability to identify and acknowledge your emotions. This talent is a fine quality in your favor and will certainly ensure your success as a musician in Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

To make your audition for euphonium-player an unforgettable experience you may use as accompaniment the following video of the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army ~ (


Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra

· The Flute-Player: Nellieanna Hay's Audition
Flute-players are romantic, sensitive, creative and able to improvise. Even in precarious conditions they can escape into a fantasy world where all clouds have silver linings...

· The Clarinet-Player: Maria Jordan aka marcoujor's Audition
A Clarinet player is called a ‘clarinetist’. Clarinetists are bright, alert and sociable with several different hobbies and interests



This hub is dedicated to Thabang Nyakali, one of the brilliant students of the North West Musikon, Klerksdorp, South Africa, who had died in 2010 at the age of 18 in a car accident.

R.I.P. Thabang!

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Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on June 30, 2014:

Hi PegCole, I am reluctant to call myself an 'accomplished' pianist after I have worked for 20 years with highly qualified musicians. Just call me a happy amateur musician able to play a couple of instruments. Being overloaded with work - bookkeeping and financial administration - I hardly get time these days to play the piano. Have to remind myself: "If you don't use it, you'll lose it!" Thanks for the visit, Peg :)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 30, 2014:

How I loved the musical selections in this one and the fine write up of our mutual friend Mike Friedman. Have learned so much in such a wide range of topics here today. While I sit listening to The Commodores singing "Easy" I've also learned that you are an accomplished pianist. Wow. What a range of talents you have. Very enjoyable read. Don't know how I could have missed this one.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on February 26, 2013:

Hello mckbirdsbks & Rosemay :)

I enjoy doing this series because I love music and I have a special affinity for musicians and for writers. I also love sharing my knowledge and perceptions. Writing in HubPages is a long-term investment, and not even risk-free. I've lost my Adsense account due to the fact that I've lost my original email account. Google is certainly a very clever cookie, not eager to share its profits.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 25, 2013:

Hello Rosemay. Your comment is so flattering, thank you. Martie has done a marvelous job with this series. I hope that she is getting high traffic highlighting The Clarinet-Player: Maria Jordan aka marcoujor's Audition; The Flute-Player: Nellieanna Hay's Audition; myself; and now

The Bassoon and the Bassoon Player: B.j. Rakow aka drbj.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on February 25, 2013:

Gee I missed this when I wasn't getting notifications. Thank goodness you put a link in your latest one.

I would never have picked the different tones of these instruments had you not given us comparisons to listen to. You did an awesome job Martie.

I can quite see the characteristics of a euphonium player in Mike, and since hearing his voice recently it has that same velvety quality.

Mike I loved your music choice and the many smiles your answers produced.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 25, 2012:

Thank you, epigramman. Sorry you can't play me like the sweet harp, but you can, certainly, be one of my dearest online friends forever and a day. I wish you a merry and peaceful Christmas day. (I am listening to all my classics today - at last via a perfect sound system thanks to Father Christmas (Mr.B)... :)

epigramman on December 24, 2012:

...well for what it's worth , Marite, I would love to play you like the sweet harp. lol

I just sent you an online card to your FB wall and no one can put together a world class hub presentation like you dear friend because they are full of sights and sounds and passion and enlightenment.

You have been a Christmas present to me since the day we met - and you are the gift who just keeps on giving . OLE!!!!!

Sending you warm Christmas wishes and continued health , happiness and prosperity to you and your family and Mister B too

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 22, 2012:

@ Deborah

@ Audrey

So good to see you in my corner with such positive and inspiring comments. Merry Christmas to you and all and especially to our star of the hub - the euphonium player, Mike.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 21, 2012:

What a fabulous article!!

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 21, 2012:

Martie...I love Mike's choices of music.. He has good taste.. what a great hub.. what a beautiful tribute to Mike.. A great and talented hubber .. thank you for sharing

Merry Christmas to you both



Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 12, 2012:

Hi epus, welcome in my corner. I am so glad you enjoyed the read. Take care!

Epus Gren from Philippines on December 11, 2012:

I am enjoying your hub. The music soothes me. This euphonium is new to me and I really appreciate you making this hub.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 11, 2012:

Hello Break of Dawn, thank you very much. I appreciate you mentioning the book; all the word of mouth publicity for Maria's magical book that I can get is appreciated.

It's nice that I can stop be here and listen to classical gas.

Your comment is so kind.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 11, 2012:

Hi my dear, Sannel, always so good to see you! Mike's illustrations and Maria's text are truly a perfect match, making Kylie's Blossoms a piece of exquisite art. My copy is right next to my bed; I can't get enough of it!

A classical orchestra (of any kind) is such an interesting body, comprising the most interesting instruments. Before my son had passed a (unofficially compelled) test for music aptitude in 1989, I knew nothing about wind instruments. We just don't get the opportunity to learn everything there is to learn in this world. I am truly so grateful for the opportunity I've had to learn more about music through wind and string orchestras and also vocal choirs. Knowing music only through electronic devices - recordings - is missing 80% of the real power of music. And yet, that 20% we do enjoy thanks to technology, has so much power we cannot live without it. Now imagine the power (of joy) it has for the musician playing an instrument in an orchestra or even alone with or without piano-accompaniment?

Thank you for your lovely comment, Sannel :) I wonder what's cooking in your corner?

Break of Dawn on December 11, 2012:

Martie, I learn so much from you! Since I have knowledge of Greek, I knew euphonos meant well-sounding, but I never realized euphonium is the name of this instrument. However, I do realize Mike is an outstanding and brilliant man, author and illustrator. I had the pleasure to see his illustrations in Maria Jordan aka marcoujor's, Kylie's Blossoms. A most darling and beautiful children's book.

I love this series of yours, Martie and you have included some of the most prestigious and gifted hubbers so far. I can't wait to get to know more of our fantastic hubbers through this musical symphony. I enjoyed listening to Michael's choice of music and loved to hear he is blessed with three daughters. How much fun they must have had growing up, perhaps watching their fathers whimsical illustrations. Mike Friedman is truly an inspiring and very admirable man.

This is also a beautiful tribute to the much gifted young man, Thabang Nyakali. Such shame and sadness, he was robbed of his precious life so young. My blessings and thoughts to his family. Thank you my friend for yet another beautiful and most entertaining hub.

Hugs and my love,


Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 10, 2012:

Darlin' Martie - - those are some of the reasons you're such a dynamic person and friend! How delightful!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 10, 2012:

Good to see you, Gypsy! Thanks for passing on.

mckbirdbks, I am truly happy to know that you like the euphonium.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 10, 2012:

Voted up and awesome. Thanks for this wonderful musical journey. Nice to know there are such musical talents in hubville and nice tribute to a talented young man whose life ended so tragically. Much enjoyed and passing this on.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 09, 2012:

Hello Genna, you are very complimentary. Thank you. I have listened to several of the pieces played on the euphonium and am flattered that Martie choice to feature me contributing to the orchestra on this instrument.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 09, 2012:

Hi Genna, sadly the euphonium can easily be replaced by a trombone, although the trombone cannot produce the beautiful, velvety sound of an euphonium. Even a tenor saxophone can play the part of the euphonium, and the orchestra as an 'instrument' will be able to present its unique, fantastic, complete sound. Thank you so much for your inspiring comment and for sharing.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 09, 2012:


Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 09, 2012:

No, snakeslane, singing in public choirs is forever something of the past. But in my home and car I sing for the walls and the floors and for all that have ears... :)

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 09, 2012:

Well, Mike, we cannot expect from you to be the best fiction writer in HubPages, running Emerald Wells Café and Bakery, the best illustrator of books, playing the euphonium AND to sing Old MacDonald... Really, we do understand.... :)

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 09, 2012:

Nellieanna, I regarded the Musikon as my baby - I was mind, heart and soul in it. Each and every teacher and student who has enrolled between 1991 and 2011, and their parents, has a place in my heart. (My writing was/is just a hobby I thoroughly enjoy.)

We just heard that one of our ex-students on saxophone, Marilyn Ramos, won the Miss South Africa contest. I am so very-very proud of her. She worked hard - apart from normal school, also modelling and music. Eventually she had to choose between music and modelling and she chose the latter. But what she learned about music is not wasted. One day she might even find the time to pick up the sax again. Gosh, I am so proud of her, one might think I am her mother.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 09, 2012:

I am loving this Symphony in Hubville, Martie. :-)

There is strength and a darker, deep richness to this instrument. I don’t often hear of euphoniums anymore with orchestras because they seem to be mostly substituted with trombones that sound similar in the mid-ranges. I can readily see Mike playing the euphonium because of his unique and solid character, and calm perceptiveness. I have often thought that he is a true romantic.

Voted up and sharing!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 09, 2012:

Wow Martie, that is so cool that you still sing. I don't sing in public anymore, sing in the car once in a while.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 09, 2012:

Hello Martie, the answer to can I sing, 'Old MacDonald had a farm.....', is no. But surprisingly I know some of the words. lol

Nellieanna - thank you.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 09, 2012:

Mike, perhaps we've all entertained a yellow sports car in our personal history. Mine was at a distance, but - yeah - there was one in '73. ;-) You're lucky to get to see your daughters once a year. Anyway - privacy is a prize one must carefully guard, especially these days when it seems to be invaded from every side!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 09, 2012:

Martie, dear Cyber Daughter - This is a special hub and it's obvious that there's much of your heart and soul in it. Mike's so special an orchestra addition and it's obvious that young Thabang was an outstanding young man. It's so, though, mourning and grief are subjective expressions of our own deprivation at losing loved ones. It's probably no more or less selfish than any other of our expressions and activities, but that we don't always realize that it's truthfully feeling sorry for ourselves makes it more debilitating, especially if it lingers on and on. Both the best one can and should do for oneself and the departed is to remember all that is good about them and about what was shared together.

I'm having a great weekend, writing and enjoying. It's been quite mild but tomorrow evening all that is to be changed by a big Arctic blast of icy dry air to give us our coldest temperatures so far of the season, which has been back and forth but mostly too warm and mild for November and December. October was mostly summerlike!

I'm wishing you a delightful weekend, too! ~ CM

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 09, 2012:

Beautiful euphonium solo, kallini - Russian Dances by David Werden. And what a brilliant arrangement by such a young arranger, bringing the euphonium to its right. I am sure Mike is by now eager to enroll for music lessons on the euph.

I hope you have had a good night's rest. To be completely rested is such a bonus for me. I can but only sleep 3-4 hours at a time, although I am surprising myself when B happens to occupy the other side of the bed. He has some kind of magic power, keeping me in deep sleep for 6-8 hours.

I look so forward to your songs, Svetlana. Can't wait! I hope with all my heart that nothing prevents you from completing the assignment in one session. Maybe I can even present your audition as a Christmas bonus?

I also want to confirm Theresa's love and admiration for you and her refusal to forget about her pending interview with you. She knows too well that good things are worth waiting for. You are unique and special, Svetlana, with much wisdom and insight to share. Your perspectives are worthy to be observed and to be practiced; they fascinate like dancers on ice.

Love you lots!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Hi my dear drbj, not one of those horns, except to a certain point the Baritone horn, can produce the deep velvety melodic sound of the euphonium. In my ears it is the best-sounding brass instrument, most soothing and fascinating. My son started his music education on a euph, but within a couple of weeks they've given him a tuba almost as big and tall as he was, telling me he is born to become the king of tuba players. Today he is, but with formidable competition.

Take care, drbj!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

snakeslane, our voice is a built-in music instrument - the very first music instrument created by God. We can develop it into a mighty 'organ' able to keep our spirits always in 'heaven'. Singing is such a healing and uplifting activity. When I wake up in the morning feeling for some or the other reason miserable, I sing, and believe it or not, within minutes I am filled with energy and eager to grab the day. You know the truth in this, and everybody should try it and keep themselves happy and healthy. But we are lazy; we rather just listen to songs sung by others.

Singing in a choir was also one of my favorite hobbies until my children and other responsibilities and interesting hobbies such as writing (and still playing music instruments) demanded all my attention. Oh, and I loved singing to my children and now to my grandchildren - the songs they enjoy.

I wonder if Mike can sing 'Old MacDonald had a farm.....'

BTW, when I was a child and still today my mother would often come forward with "One day at a Time", and then we just know somebody is irritating the living daylight out of her.....

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Hi ImKarn, there was a time all of us did not know what we know today. How can we know something if we are not in direct or at least indirect contact of it? Only here in HubPages I learn many things while reading the hubs of my co-writers. Thank you for reading mine, Leslie, and I am so glad to know I've surprised you with some uplifting new info. (New info is Nature's natural remedy against stagnation and depression.) Have a lovely Sunday!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on December 08, 2012:

Martie, let the Russian spirit sleep for a while, but there is something for everyone and for Mike, especially

a euphonium solo "Russian Dances" - beautiful

The rest I will write tomorrow - I have to get my sleep in better shape.

Good night, my beautiful friends!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 08, 2012:

I never expected to learn so much about the Euphonium, Martie. I must confess that I have often confused it with other orchestra instruments such as the Baritone Horn. Now thanks to you, it stands alone and above those other similar instruments.

Your videos are perfect and I am bookmarking this so I can play them over and over. Brava and way up there in the stratosphere ... and beyond.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Sleep tight, Maria! It is now 5:00am down here and I'm going to do my second shift sleeping for the night now. Fortunately it is Sunday, so I may sleep until I wake up. Have to switch my cell phone off, though, just to make sure nobody wakes me.... You know I have this damn hyperactive brain. The moment I become aware of life, I want to live until I drop dead.... too afraid I miss something. Fortunately the brain does reach the ZZZZZ-level on its own, but sadly always at the wrong time - when I am supposed to be awake and working :) Have a good night's rest!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 08, 2012:

Hi Martie, Finally came back to really listen (head phones, great sound). All I can say is Wow! I'll be wandering over to the others, wouldn't miss it! You've put together something really beautiful here, using all the 'capsules' that Hub Pages has to offer. Thank you for your efforts. Mckbbks is perfect for the Euphonium, I agree. Ps: I did take piano lessons as a child, but my big musical contribution was singing, I sang my heart out starting in Sunday School, School, Church Choir, and later just boring my friends (Bobby McGee was always on the list).

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Very interesting, kallini! Why not write a hub about the Russian spirit? Please put this on you list To-be-Hubbed. In fact, there are so-so much about Russians the world would love to know - their perspective on goals and accomplishments, so amazing to see the performances of Russian athletes, gymnasts, scientists, musicians, etc. It seems to me if ALL Russians are highly intellectual and talented perfectionists.

Oh, and how thrilled I am because you've accepted my invitation. Now just pick your music quickly, add a paragraph explaining your choice, and send it to me... pronto-pronto.... Lol! Please don't let Time bereave you of enthusiasm you are experiencing TODAY.

Have a good night/day :)

Karen Silverman on December 08, 2012:

Martie...this is just plain amazing! I know sooo little about musical instruments - i am ashamed to tell you! I was more into the physical than the musical - if that makes any sense and it's a bit intimidating to be honest!

I'd never heard of this euphonium(and i adore the play on words from mckbirdbks above - also - i've heard of HIM, which is tres cool!)..

Anyway, horns and keyboards are my favorite instruments and i've learned a TON here today...things i never knew i never knew - so now you know!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Hi Faith, thank you so much for the instructions. I am printing it in order to get what I need. I really need better sound equipment down here. It is on my wish list for years now! So instead of buying a proper 'hi-fi', I'll rather go for computer-TV. And maybe some extra speakers? I HATE listening to music produced by a low-quality system. My ex was a fundi in sound-recording - he had the best real-to-real recorder and some others as well, amplifiers, speakers, etc., and even in his/our car the sound systems was always A+++. This is one thing - and perhaps the only - I truly miss since I've left him (TWO decades ago). So ever since then I am stuck with a bad and rather primitive sound system - but then, I enjoyed life-music on real instruments all the time, so why am I complaining. But honestly, since I've left the school (beginning 2011) I really MISS music. At present I have only my PC, but so frustrating. Too much buffing - not enough memory and not high speed internet service....... I'm going to give serious attention to this in the New Year. Of course, money is ALWAYS a matter of concern. I can do with a million dollars in my bank account. Hoping to find ice in a desert......

Thanks, Faith. Much appreciated info!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 08, 2012:

Sista, I love my instrument and would not part with it...I have been waiting for my musical partners for practice...oh well, another glass of wine over here please...must keep the whistle wet whilst waiting.

Svetlana, dear... I think your work with me is over 50% done...I will not accept an "F" for the assignment. There is no expiration date on my offer, sweet pressure ever.

I wish you could all join me listening to the Blues show...y'all would love it. Good night and hugs!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Perfectly said, kalinni: Our mind, body, spirit/soul are indeed a band/orchestra/ensemble, whatever we decide to call it, in need of a conductor, but also in need of a composer, providing the music we should play, and, of course, we need the best acoustics. In a desert even the most beautiful sounds we make will be blown away by the wind and only a camel or two may hear it.....

Please remember this sentence of yours: "I tend to think of people not in terms of who they are, but who they can be." Because, this is EXACTLY why you are a typical tralalalala-player.....

Take care!

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on December 08, 2012:

Dear Martie - a short repetition of what I already said on "Nellieanna's "Magic Flute" hub -

the wind instruments are to me the Soul = Spirit Instruments.

The word "spirit" is so strong for the Russian identity that I cannot even begin to give it any justice.

In the old times, in the fairy tales, there was those bad characters that always posed a question:

"Can you feel / smell the Russian Spirit approaching/advancing?"

Maybe they just caught a wind of Russian Marching Band?

I will gladly be your M(r)s January - I'll commit to an interview this time. I feel so bad about flunking it one time with Teresa (not her fault, but mine entirely).



Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Hi mckbirds, so strange, the coat may not fit at once, but I've seen so many times how musicians grow until the coat fits them perfectly. A music instrument and its capacity does have a way to manipulate and form/reform its player. Perfect tool for personality development.

Yes, I, too, can see kalinni on a violin. But I am doing wind instruments, so she will unfortunately miss the opportunity to play a violin in H.S.W.O. I'll keep the instrument suitable for her as a surprise :)))

Have a good night/day, Mike!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

kallini, I am so glad to know I've piqued your curiosity. I have a specific instrument in mind for you, that would suit your personality perfectly. I wanted to invite you for the audition, but I've kept your circumstances in mind and am still waiting for the right time to ask you to participate. All I need from you is one song in each of those categories and a short justification. So yes, I am asking you to be my 'instrumentist' for January. (I am doing only one of these per month.)

Thank you so much for your generous comment :)

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Hi Always, true musicians love their instruments and would rather neglect people. Really, the relationship between musician and their instrument is absolutely remarkable. Let's meet in the cafe for coffee :))

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 08, 2012:

Martie, that would be such a treat! You are speaking way above my head, as I have never, myself, had the gift, knowledge or means when growing up to learn, but oh how I would have loved to do so, especially the piano!!!

I asked my husband about the streaming and the following is what he explained (above my head here too):

"Your computer must have stream line capability. You must be connected to a wireless modem or wireless modem/router combination. You must have high speed internet service not dial up. You must have a device called a ROKU (can be ordered online) or a blue ray DVD player that can receive streamline signals from your wireless modem. Once you have all of this, you may follow instructions that come with the devices or Google instructions. If you have a friend or relative who knows a bit about computers you should consider asking for help." Hope you have all the capabilities on your side of the world as has been described here.

It sure would be a blast to have you as a neighbor! Well, after high school my son got into the baby making business - HA, and so no Julliard or anything for him, except go to work to feed all these babies! What a wonderful way to grow up with your talented uncles, cousins and family. I can just picture all gathering around and how much fun that was no doubt.

Oh, yes, Mike playing a solo on the euphonium . . . enjoyed so much and thank you for sharing that link.

Hugs and love to you, Faith Reaper

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Thank you, Sunny. I am grateful for the opportunity Mike has given me to emphasize his unique, lovely and admirable characteristics. Typical euphonium player he has no desire to be in the limelight, but somewhere in the background playing a highly significant and important role. It is not easy to convince an euphonium player to do a solo - only after they've realized that the audience truly need and love the sounds they produce, they will, for the sake of the audience, step forward to deliver what is required to the best of their ability. Remembering all the euphonium players I've known is such a delight. Their humbleness to the extend of shyness always encouraged me to pay a moment direct attention to them. (So easy for the organizer to handle the entire orchestra as a person, instead of acknowledging all 40-50 members individually. Of course, trumpet players always demand personal attention. Lol! Just kidding!) Thank you, Kim!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Nellieanna, I can but only say 'AMEN' and again, 'amen' on your comment. I enjoyed Mike's music collection tremendously and also his justifications. I am so thrilled because he accepted my invite for an 'audition'. I could not imagine the H.S.W.O. without him on the euphonium.

Thabang was a star on the euph and also on the African drums. Not to talk about his academic achievements. Most charming personality. I still find it hard to accept the fact that he is gone. During my 20 years at the school there were others who had died as well. I am NOT at all an achiever when it comes to saying 'farewell' to people in my world.

But interesting discussion today with Barend once again confirms that mourning is a selfish and self-obsessed activity. We don't mourn for the person who is gone, but for ourselves and our own painful longings and scattered dreams.

Have a great weekend, Nellieanna!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Faith Reaper, one needs proper equipment to record music, and my piano is in dire need of tuning. But just for the fun of it I will record something with my cell phone, or maybe web-cam, and send you the clip. I can but only manage Gr5 level (set by Royal Schools and Trinity College) - only after serious practicing something ambitious like Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor (but this one on the organ or keyboard.) But really, giving a performance and recording that performance, is like looking at yourself trough a magnifier - you hear every itchy-bitchy-teeny-weeny-imperfectness.

I wonder if I google 'how to get music to stream to the television', what would I get?

Faith, I wish you (and your talented beloveds) were my neighbor. One of the most pleasant things in life is making music with others. I grew up with uncles and cousins with amazing talent on various instruments - and also my parents to a certain extend - we enjoyed many 'homemade' concerts. My father (on the guitar) and myself on the organ often played together. But oh, this is another story.

Let's rather ask Mike to play a solo on the euphonium.....

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on December 08, 2012:

Dear Mike:

I tend to think of people not in terms of who they are, but who they can be. It is not "I am brave or I am a coward", but "I can be either or both depending on the situation.

It was my choice to select and include music into my hubs and I have heard both opinions that my taste in music is good and that my taste in music is horrible. That is a matter of opinion. The fact remains that I have never studied music and it is a pity.

You always showed sensitivity to my choices and I thought that music was a natural part of you, maybe not your awareness of it. It is hard for us to open up. I tend to open up more on medication than without it. Right now it seems so hard to be open and sensitive.

It sounds very beautiful to be seen (or heard) as a violin, but right now I feel like a big awkward block called Cacaphony that is only cares to sound when being kicked mercilessly. The good thing is that I am laughing at it myself.

I am thinking of myself more of an acoustic guitar (a big expert in musical instruments!), but it seems that only a guitar instrumentals can make me cry.

But, maybe, maybe the truth for all of us lies somewhere in between - we have this beautiful full orchestra (our body and mind) and all we are missing the knowledge of a conductor. How to play this beautiful instrumental complexity that we are.

And we surely need good acoustics - others to help us sound our precious melodies. Who cares how old they are? Good music never ages.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

hello kallini2010. I liked the definition of a typically euphonium player. And though the coat was not a perfect fit, it was a pleasure to try on. As for the music, you will note that it is all at least forty years old. Among others you have pointed out to how much I have missed by shutting music out. So thank you also for presenting such fine music on your hubs.

"Now it makes me wonder what kind of instruments are all of us?" I don't want to sway the judges (Martie) but I am thinking you are a violin.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Mar, I, or rather my soul, find the sound of the euphonium (and that of its cousin in strings, the cello) the most appealing of all instruments, though I love the sounds of all instruments. It is amazing how the sounds - alive and NOT via electronic media such as radio, TV and YouTube - penetrates the soul and soothes, heals, refreshes and strengthens, and even without melody, but simply sound. In order to warm a brass instrument - to make proper sound production possible - a player have to blow long notes (and simultaneously practice their embouchure). Hearing those specific sounds - of all instruments for x hours per day for 20 years - were for my soul like sunblock is for the skin, preventing damage by dangerous ultra-violet rays. If I was a pagan, a wind symphonic orchestra would have been my god. Thanks for the vote, Ms Clarinetist.

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

mckbirdbks, thank you for the 'eu' (well/beautiful/good) 'phonos' (sound) you are making with your music (writer's) instrument! You are indeed a brilliant 'euphoniumist'. I forgot to mention the name for euphonium players in the hub - will do so now.

The school was my 'baby' for 20 years. It was hard-hard work (but so soul-enriching and satisfying) to raise it into adulthood - when it at last became the first focus school for music in our province (and on its way to accommodate the rest of the performing arts). Music (and other arts) education was and is and will surely forever be regarded as a luxury - the first to be terminated in unfortunate times, so ensuring the Dep. of Ed. (and even the community) all the time of its essential value was not easy and is still a struggle of another world. But I've retired beginning 2011 - like all 'mothers' do when their child become of age. (I've done my share for nation and fatherland to its full, so now I may enjoy my life - meaning no longer moving mountains while chewing hard bones.)

I am truly honored to have you as the euphonium player in H.S.W.O.

kallini2010 from Toronto, Canada on December 08, 2012:

I think it is a beautiful hub and a beautiful effort to fit someone who used to say "that music was never played a big part of my life or my life just did not play out that way". It seemed that the personality description of a euphonium player fits Mike. At least it seems so to me.

And I really liked the first clip with Hungarian melodies. The words "march or marching" suggest military connotations, but euphonium sounds very romantic. I, for one, like marches and brass instruments, even though I know next to nothing about them.

But there is someone who does, our lovely Martie.

Now it makes me wonder what kind of instruments are all of us?

You don't have to give me a certificate or a very long hub, but I would be a liar if I did not say that my curiosity was piqued.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hello Martie. I want to take a moment and say 'Thank You' for including me in this series. You have placed me in fine company. I do appreciate it. I also want to thank you for sharing the information about Thabang. He looks like he was a fine young man, one that I would have like knowing.

Your background has filled you with such an in-depth knowledge of musical instruments. The school is so fortunate to have you on their team.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hello Always. You are among those that I feel really enjoy the Cafe. Thank you so much for that. When Martie asked me to do this I was sure that my knowledge of music would fail me. But the experience at the Cafe helped me. You taught me a lot about that.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hello Sunnie. Thank you so much. That is very kind. I have never been in the company of better people than here at the hub. You are a big part of that.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Nellieanna I cannot give your answer the proper response. You can be assured that the reponses to Martie's questions were the closest I have come to being Mike here at Hubpages. My daughters know that 'what-ever-else' I am there (from a distance) for them. I actually got to see them this year.

Oh, if I close my eyes I can still see that yellow sports car. Lol

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

hello mar sorry, I got called away to Bedford Falls. Now back to this euphoria, euphonium, euphemism which I find apropos. Thanks for the velvety and mellow comment. I did note that my song choices where rather ‘older’. Practice at 6 pm unless you, me and Nelle are just going to be pretty faces.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 08, 2012:

Martie, First let me tell you that i know very little about band instruments, but i am learning. It appears that Mike will be a great euphonium player. I love his choice of music, Stevie Wonder and my man Kenny, they both are wonderful. I am inpressed with your knowledge of music. This is a great series. I do wonder when Mike will have time to practice since he had to keep all of his regular hubbers in line at our favorite hang-out, ' Emerald Wells Cafe ' Thank's Mike for sharing and Martie you get my vote for a very entertaining hub. Hugs.

Sunnie Day on December 08, 2012:

What a fascinating hub learning much about this instrument and from the way you described it fits our dear friend Mike for sure. While he never toots his own horn, I am so happy you did and show cased a wonderful man with this remarkable instrument. I am sure all that Mike has exsperienced has made him the man he is today, we are so lucky to have crossed his path. Thank you Marite you are a special lady, so intuitive to the ones around you. Great job!


Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 08, 2012:

And, Mike, - your daughters would be so proud - I'm sure they are all the time! A beautiful tribute to them.

PS - where are the practice sessions taking place this month? I certainly need them a bunch!

Thanks for the nice compliment; but rest assured, I'm counting on your learning the euphonium well enough to make up for my iffy flute performance!!

Right now I'm playing a tune on the voting buttons. - Sounds pretty nice!

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 08, 2012:

Fascinating to hear the differences in the horn instruments with so much otherwise in common. Even though I just met the Euphonium, I'm already partial to it from among all the others! It has a most appealing sound as well as a nice appearance. And now I think I would know one anywhere and could pick one out of a Lower Brass lineup any day or night!

The characteristics of the instrument and of our Mike Friedman do seem in sync! Both perform well in the orchestra's "chorus" as well as being outstanding, unique soloists. Both are strong and definite, while never being overbearing or unilateral. Both seem to take life in stride and smile about it.

Now about Mike's music selections to fit the various emotions you put forward for his responses: These are as unique as Mike himself is. Their brevity describes much about him and they're both honest and aptly express what I've no doubt are his most honest, deepest responses to the things which matter to and define him best. At times, they're just tongue-in-cheek enough to assure me that it's really Mike doing them!

If I were to hazard a guess, I'd say that "this one girl. . . " who stirred his sensual side one of those 'couple of times' was the same one who still gives him "a thrill of anticipation and discovery"! If I'm not right - don't tell me- or your Lady! Just be Easy and kicked-back with a Classical Gas! ;-) (and definitely avoid "brunettes, yellow sports cars, and doors closing" as a result! 'Cuz it does matter to you. We mama-types know this stuff!)

I love your pick for Nostalgia: -- something you really miss. Soul-searching, you say? hahaha! You're handsome enough as you are! Any hair restoration and you'd be fighting off brunettes in yellow roadsters!

To both of you, Martie and Mike, - an outstanding audition and addition to the Hubville Symphonic Wind Orchestra.

Martie, I'm saddened by the oh-so-too--young death of Thabang Nyakall. So tragic and such a loss.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hello Faith Reaper. An amazing man - thanks for that. ok back to practicing.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

hello snakeslane, I don't know how this orchestra will sound, but during rehearsals we are going to be laughing our heads off. Tears will roll. I better go practice.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 08, 2012:

Hello Happyboomernurse. Thank you very much. To be seated with the two kind hearts we know as marcoujor and Nellieanna is an honor I won't forget. And just our little secret, I had no idea what a Euphonium was.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 08, 2012:

Dearest Martie,

Just read your comment back to me. Wow, accomplished concert pianist!!! Oh, how I would love to hear you play. Have you shared your talents here on HP via video? That would be wonderful if someone could video you playing and you upload it here for all of us to enjoy your talent. I would just love that, and I know all others would too. I know all of your family and friends receive a blessing from hearing you play no doubt! Oh me, dear . . . that would be so very frustrating to have such a great gift of music and have no means . . . If you have shared your talent here, as far as your music, where I could listen, would you mind directing me to it? I can ask my husband about how he gets the music to stream to the television, as we do enjoy such, getting to watch great concerts, as if we were there, right in our own home, as we cannot afford to go to any nowadays here of late, as we have done so in the past.

My son can also play the piano too. My husband is able to play as well, but does not do so much, although I love listening to him play the piano. My sweet mother is talented in playing the piano, but yet she had no means either.

Hugs and love back to you, Faith Reaper

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 08, 2012:

Dear Martie,

I thought of euphoria when I saw the word euphonium. How embarrassing that your clarinetist did not recognize a colleague in your fabulous orchestra... But what a sound the euphonium I will never forget it.

As far as mellow, velvety, unique, significant, self- confident, humble and oh... very cool? Indeed this man serves the best Danish and coffee in the land and his name is Mike.

You are doing an unbelievably remarkable job with this series, which is music to my ears and so educational. Mike, you did a great job with your song choices...I actually miss some of my hair as well

Voted UP and across the board. Love, Maria

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 08, 2012:

Thanks, snakeslane. You know all new knowledge is natural boosters preventing depression. A theory of Jung. So what a thrill you will have when looking at an orchestra again and recognizing the euphonium and on top of that remembering that Mike could have been a master on that instrument? Stories are born during this kind of thrills, not so?

Have you read marcoujor's and Nellieanna's. Links are included in the hub at the bottom.

Have a lovely weekend!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 07, 2012:

Martie, As a non-musician I have much admiration for your knowledge and insight. I have so much to learn, and will be looking forward to reading your other pages in this series. Awesome!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 07, 2012:

Faith, your enthusiasm about music and your amazement with your son is contagious. I am so glad you've given him the opportunity to discover his music talent, and now encouraging him to develop it properly. Let me tell you there is nothing more frustrating than being a talented and born-to-be-musician but not able to play the available instruments or composed music either by ear or sight-reading. As the wise man in the Bible clearly stresses: It is not the best runners who win the races. All accomplishments depend on Time and Opportunity.

How I wish I had the opportunity and time to developed and practiced all my talents, and especially the one of being an accomplished concert pianist. I am a musician by heart, but because of no opportunities and time, I can today but only entertain my relatives and sometimes my friends as well, and satisfy to a limited extend my own need to make music.

All my best wishes to your son, and thank you for your generous comment. Oh, and enjoy those kiddies; grandchildren are such a delight.

BTW, how I wish I knew how to stream my music to my TV! Another latent talent never developed!

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 07, 2012:

snakeslane, I've started this series with the idea to share my knowledge of music instruments and their players, and I thought that this was also the ideal opportunity to feature my favorite hubbers. So far I believe the concept is a success, but as I move on, I can already see a major crisis to be solved. Mike, for example, is not the only typical euphonium player in my circle of friends, and how, I ask you, am I going to feature those others? Thank heavens a plan is busy to develop in the back of my mind, to be followed hopefully with success when the time comes.

Thank you so much for your visit and kind comment :)

Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 07, 2012:

Hi, Happyboomernurse! So good to know you've enjoyed this hub. I must emphasize the fact that my personality analysis is based on the study of Atarah Ben-Tovim and Douglas Boyd AS WELL as my own during 20 years of continuous close contact with musicians of all ages.

I can truly see the distinctive characteristics of a typical euphonium-player in Mike and can but only hope that I've managed to analyze him correctly... and that solely according to his behavior in CyberSpace! (How arrogant am I?) I must also add that all euphonium players are not necessarily typical euphonium players. Brilliant musicians are certainly able to learn how to play any instrument that happens to be available, and even more than one, as I've explained is the case with my daughter-in-law. And then I must also admit that neither she nor my son have the characteristics of typical creative musicians. Music and music instruments just happened to be one of many subjects they had the opportunity to study, and a career in music just happened to present itself as the best option at the time they had to choose a career. Musicians like them, although the two of them do have the typical characteristics associated with their instruments, are considered to be 'music-technicians' or 'music-engineers.' While we tend to believe that all musicians able to play an instrument are creative composers of music. My children are able to write a piece of music in order to pass an exam (composing) and they are able to transpose and arrange written music in order for it to be performed by a specific orchestra or ensemble, but sadly they don't have the qualities of a Beethoven and other composers, able to create music with their emotions and imagination. And this scenario we get in all sectors of employment. All doctors/teachers/writers/engineers/gospel preachers are not necessarily 'born-to-be' what they are doing for a living. But thanks to their ability to learn and of being efficient and dedicated they are able to do the job and very often even better than those 'born-to-be-what-they're-doing'. However, you'll always hear them wishing that they were rather doing something else that speaks more to their soul.

Thank you for your inspiring comment, Gail, my dear friend.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 07, 2012:


This is one powerhouse of a hub here and so very insightful as to the Euphonium and its great sound. Wow, learned a lot here about Mike aka mcbirdbks, and what an amazing man he is no doubt!

Thanks for your very detailed explanation as to these instruments.

Love each and every video you have chosen here. Funny, my husband loves to stream music from our computer to the television and we watch old concerts and we just were listening to Bread the other night. I had almost forgotten about them, then here they are again in your great hub.

My son is gifted on the guitar, and he just picked up the guitar and started playing Classical Gas one day, and we were all just blown away of course. That is how he was accepted into a Magnet school here to go to high school, just by playing Classical Gas on the guitar. He could have gone to Julliard or somewhere, but alas . . . three children came along (my lovely grands) and one must work to feed them. Such is life.

Enjoyed this wonderful hub very much and thank you!

Voted up+++ and sharing

Hugs and love to you, Faith Reaper

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 07, 2012:

Martie, What an original idea. Love it! At first I wasn't sure where you were going with this. Looks like an evening's worth of entertainment! Glad I got here early for a good seat! Thank you. Mckbbks is quite a guy. Keeps his cards, and his Euphonium close to his vest. But what a player! I can hear the orchestra tuning up now...Regards, snakeslane

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on December 07, 2012:

I am just now finding this interesting series about Hubville Symphonic Auditions and loved this one about Mike.

I must admit I'm one of those people who didn't know what an Euphonium was until I read your explanation of it, but after reading it I can see where it's a good "fit" for Mike who, as you say, plays such a unique and significant role here in Hubville. He leads quietly, by excellent example, shines through the hubs that he writes, and so generously supports the writing efforts of others.

Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny.

Hub Hugs,


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