in my brother’s shoes

I knew from the beginning of this week that it was going to be a good one, if not a very memorable week.  Spring Break (woo woo!) starts tomorrow, so that was already a given for a good week.  But, last night also was something I was looking forward to.

Every November, Matt, my family, and I attend a very fancy auction that supports my brother’s school association.  A few years ago, my grandpa bid on conducting my brother’s band (he is a high school band/choir teacher) at one of their concerts and won.  When the same item came up for bid again at this year’s auction, I knew I wanted to follow in my grandpa’s footsteps and support my brother, so I bid.


I’m not going to lie, I freaked out a little bit when I won this.  I am a PE teacher.  Sure, I can stand up in front of kids and teach them different activities.  But, conducting a band?  Yeah, I played the flute in my grade school band for 4 years, played piano for years, was in choir all through high school, and still sing in my church’s choir, so it’s not that I don’t know music. In fact, if it wasn’t for my love of fitness + nutrition, I probably would’ve gone into music.

But, conducting a band?  Now, that’s something I know nothing about.  When I got to the concert last night, my brother brought me up in front of the band and showed me how to get them started.  I looked down at the music and saw this:

b1252 Source.  Not the actual music I conducted.

Um, I know how to read 1, maybe 2 lines of music at the same time.  But, THAT many lines.  Oh dear me.  What did I get myself into?

But, you know, what?  Once I got up there in front of the band and audience, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.  Yes, I would’ve definitely have liked to practice ahead of time (as my high school choir teacher would say, “Perfect practice makes perfect”), but at least I knew how to read music.  It was so much fun, and I got a few reassuring smiles from a few of the girls when I actually did look up from the music.  And thank goodness the first staff line was for the piccolo, because she was sitting right in front of me, so any time I got lost, I just looked to see what she was doing and found my place again.


That’s probably the most nervous I have been for anything in a long time, but it was great to step out of my comfort zone and do something I never imagined I would be doing.

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful big brother!  He is so incredibly talented with music, whether it is conducting, singing, or playing an instrument.  Which I guess is part of the reason I stuck to sports instead of music – it would be hard to be in his shadow my entire life.  But, I love him to death, and now have my own conducting baton so I can be just like my big brother!  I knew I’d get there someday…

  • awww this is awesome!! too fun 🙂
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  • Mom

    It makes me so happy to see the two of you so happy!! Love you, my sweet and wonderful daughter and son! –Mom

  • Mary Kratochvil

    Yea, Kristen, you did it!! Congratulations. Love you guys. You and Brian are both so talented and great people also. Proud to say you are my great niece and nephew.