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Music Memory - Chris Butcher

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This week's Music memory comes from the Heavyweights Brass Band's Chris Butcher.

"I grew up in a musical family. My mom would listen to classical music on the CBC religiously and my father would take me to just about every jazz concert in town. While both had piano training, I shy'd away from the instrument after lessons as a five year old. It seemed like I was doomed to play the clarinet like my older brother and sister who did begrudgingly in school band.

We had one in the basement from my mothers American marching band days. Too many buttons and it sounded kind of whiny when played by my siblings. My cousin Darwin Baker came to visit one summer and they picked up a new trombone because Darwin had just begun taking high school music more seriously.

I remember instantly being taking back by the powerful commanding sound, not to mention that it was shiny and had a slide! I've been playing it for 17 years since. Darwin while not a trombonist anymore lives the musicians life as a multi-instrumentalist."


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