The joy of playing music as a hobby

We forgot to take a picture during the interview, but Mandy and Adam came to one of my shows shortly after and we snapped this picture at intermission!

We forgot to take a picture during the interview, but Mandy and Adam came to one of my shows shortly after and we snapped this picture at intermission!

 

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In this episode, Monica sits down with three Brave musicians from Phoenix, AZ who all have followed their own path when it comes to keeping music in their life as they pursue other goals. Guests include baritone saxophonist, Brian Lapham who works in costume design, Mandy Snowden who is an attorney and plays classical bassoon and flute, and Adam Snowden is elementary and middle school music teacher who enjoys playing many different instruments and types of music as his profession and as a hobbyist.

I would literally have my constitutional law outline tucked on my music stand behind my music and whenever I got a break or like when everyone else was warming up, I’m like reading my con law outline trying desperately to get that last minute, because I’m pretty sure my constitutional law final was the morning after our concert.
— Mandy Snowden
It’s one thing to play in your closest at home but it’s a totally different thing to get out and actually play with people. Because that actually does drive me to practice more, especially when I get a more difficult part. It’s like I’m in there, it’s like I know I wanna get it done because I don’t want to let the other people down.
— Brian Lapham
When Brian and Monica get together and talk about playing bari sax, it’s all smiles!

When Brian and Monica get together and talk about playing bari sax, it’s all smiles!

For me at this point it’s [music] really a way to express myself. There’s nothing quite like, like no matter what mood you’re in, being able to sit down and play an instrument and kinda reflect how you’re feeling through that.
— Adam Snowden
Monica Shriver