November 16, 2017 - Students in Mrs. Sara Olding’s Accelerated English class participated in the “This I Believe” essay project. This is a national conversation started by journalist Edward R. Murrow in 1951. Over the next few weeks, students from the class of 2018 will share their personal philosophies about life.
High G on the Tuba By Avery Voress, SHS Senior
I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Hard work brought me all the way to a high G on my Tuba.
I was practicing my competition solo called “His Majesty the Tuba.” It’s a real jammin’ solo, but at about the 2000th measure the scariest black dot stood there taunting me. It loomed three bar lines over the rest of the notes on the page. Most people may be thinking “What’s the big deal? Who cares what a high G is on the tuba?”
The high G sits nearly 30 notes away from my comfortable playing range, but I decided to give it a go and see what sound came out. I tightened my lips, threw my tongue away, and went for it. I cringed only to realize that the most beautiful sound I’ve ever played was flowing out of my instrument. Sure enough, the tuner on my music stand read high G.
The Tuba never came naturally to me. Those who think I am talented need to realize it is not necessarily talent, but consistent hard work. Hours upon hours of my life have been dedicated to the Tuba. A payoff happened at the 2016 District 11 OMEA solo and ensemble event.
There was talk of an “amazing” tubist from Troy who was supposedly the greatest of all time. This person was also performing “His Majesty the Tuba.” When the time came for my performance, I entered the room where I would be judged. I sat down, took a deep breath, and jammed my heart out. The high G came and went. I didn’t even think about. A hearty wink from my band director told me I did well.
Afterwards, I sat in on this “amazingly talented” tubist to see how good she really was. She walked into the performance room and didn’t even acknowledge the judge. I admired her confidence, but when she played her tone was poor and when it was time for the high G - nothing. She attempted, cracked, and couldn’t finish the piece. While a talented tubist, she lacked the discipline of practice. I hit the high G, but the real win that day was understanding that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
Avery is the son of Diane and Trent Voress. He plans to attend Ohio State University next year to study Music Performance. His goal is to dot the “i” in the script Ohio as part of the OSU Marching Band.