I bet you thought I would choose the flute today, didn't you? Well if I had my choice in 6th grade, I would have. Instead, my dad basically told me that I was going to play the French horn. He was a band director and always needed more French horn players in the band. He thought I would have more opportunities if I chose to play the French horn. It turned out that he was right.
French horn was my main instrument starting in 6th grade and continuing through college and beyond. I have had opportunities to travel all over the world in various groups due to my playing and I am so thankful for those experiences.
The French horn is a brass instrument with about 12-13 feet of tubing that ends in a flared bell. The horn uses rotary valves. On a single horn, 3 valves are used. On a double horn, 4 valves are used including one used by the thumb.
This is my favorite piece to play and it was the highlight of my senior recital. The player here is Barry Tuckwell, formerly the principal player of the London Symphony Orchestra.