I just discovered a wonderful essay, Real Women Play the Tuba
on a blog called 37 Days. I love this excerpt:
Shy Emma took to the stage and ripped open a sound that stopped all noise in the band room. Fathers and mothers turned to look, the band director clapped her hands together in surprise and joy, and I dropped my Luna Bar but was too pregnant to bend over and pick it up. “Wow!” the band director exclaimed. “That’s impressive! LOW BRASS for you, young lady!” Emma bowed her head, beaming.