Photo by Sean Smith

In junior high orchestra we were playing excerpts from the opera Lohengrin. On our music for Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral my French Horn standmate Ethan Powsner had crossed out Cathedral and written in Dairy Queen, which somehow never struck me as funny until the concert.

As we launched into the majestic opening strains, my mind finally registered the dramatic image of Elsa's Procession to the Dairy Queen and I couldn't stop laughing. Trying to play horn while laughing is pretty comical in itself, and Ethan lost it too. Eventually we were subdued by glares from the conductor, Mr. Villasurda.

My musical career since then has been similarly checkered but I offer a few highlights anyway, from college bagpipe recital tracks, through fiddle tunes I've written, to my attempts at customized keyboard layout for the melodeon.