Bandos and Mandrel Bent Tubing
In seventh grade we were given the decision to join either choir or band. Whether we pursed either of these courses in high school depended on if we enjoyed the classes or not. To decided what instrument we would play each student took the time playing each instrument and were given a grade on how well the teacher thought we performed. I ended up playing percussion because I got the highest grade on those exams. I also thought spit valves were kind of gross but I guess an instrument needs a way to release all the fluids that find their way into the tubing.
In high school I proceeded with band and became a “bando” by joining the school’s marching band. This band was filled with trumpets, flutes, euphoniums, baritones, tubas, trombones, saxophones and sousaphones. Each of these instruments were made up of a series of intricately bent mandrel bent tubing. Mandrel bending is a sup-process of tube bending. By using a mandrel a tighter bend is created along with a consistent diameter throughout the tube. Although instruments may not necessarily need a uniform diameter to produce the required sounds, aesthetic appeal of the instruments is crucial. This has become important ever since orchestras and symphonies became popular.
I rather enjoyed marching band despite having to practice before school started, although it’s better than swimming. I would hate to have practice both before and after school. I never had the pleasure of playing any brass instruments in the marching band. I always thought it was funny when tuba players had to carry their instruments bazooka style. Our band had sousaphones for the marching band in place of that but the fiberglass brass instrument was neat in its own right. I was on the drum line and stuck with quads for three years. Not that I’m complaining. Everyone wanted to be on the drum line. Half our line was compiled of non-percussionists.