I didn’t start with the tuba. I played the trumpet throughout elementary and middle school. But when I got to high school, I wanted to try something different. My band teacher said they needed a tuba player. That was definitely different. I said yes right away.
I played tuba all through college and medical school, and I still play today. I’m part of a community band called the Minnesota Freedom Band. It’s mostly made up of volunteer musicians who are LGBTQ+ but all are welcome. We most recently played at the Pride Parade in Minneapolis.