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Lauren Veronie
near Washington, DC
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Well, I'm home from tour, and my head feels a little like this: It was a good 37-day run, from Los Angeles to Maryland. Oh yeah, and I'm pregnant. It was interesting watching my body morph over the weeks—it felt like a physical representation of our journey. Now that we're... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Happy Anniversary to my husband, my best friend. We've celebrated the highs... Supported each other during the lows... And held each other tight during days that managed to be both at the very same time. There's nobody else I'd rather paddle upstream with. To my General, I love you. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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So, I may have neglected my blog a bit. Sometimes you need a sabbatical. Well, I'm back! I decided to choose some of my favorite pics from each month's musical adventures to bring us to where we are now, smack at the end of August. January I missed out on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2015 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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I recently had the opportunity to play with the fabulous North Carolina Brass Band, a brand-new professional ensemble based in the Triad area of North Carolina. Music Director Brian Meixner happens to be a good friend of mine. Putting together this British-style brass band comprised of some of the finest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Well, we're on the road again. The Field Band begins tour tonight with a concert in Harrisonburg, VA (check the full schedule here). I'll be traveling for 37 days, and packing for that long of a trip can be challenging. I usually do laundry every 7-10 days, and I'm taking... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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In a few days I leave for Fall Tour 2014. After following up Sequestration with maternity leave, I feel a little rusty with the whole traveling musician thing. I started easing back in the groove this summer. The Field Band went on two short tours, and even though they are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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It turns out blogging with a new baby is tough. Who'd have thought? Anyway, here is a long-overdue rundown of my trip to the International Women's Brass Conference. The 2014 IWBC was June 4-8 at Northern Kentucky University, just outside Cincinnati. Brendan, Bo and I packed up the car and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Every day I am an awe of my husband and the amazing father he is to our son. When I watch them together, I'm either laughing my butt off or fighting back tears at the sweetness. It's Father's Day and Bo is also five months old today. Over the past... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Only two weeks until the International Women's Brass Conference! I am so excited to attend this great event. I'll be performing in recital, soloing with the Athena Brass Band, and playing with the Monarch Brass Ensemble. This conference is not just for women, but it does feature many outstanding female... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Naming a baby is a big deal. The poor kid doesn't get a choice but has to live with the results. When a third leg showed up on our ultrasound, Brendan and I spent a few weeks mulling over options. We were pretty set on a middle name; McCollum is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Brendan and I welcomed our little boy into this world at 6:43pm on January 15, 2014. Boyce McCollum Curran arrived weighing 8lbs 6oz and measuring just over 21 inches. It's been a month since the delivery, and the past few weeks have been both wonderful and challenging. Here are a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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I am officially full term now, so it's a good thing we finally got the baby's room set up. I've had a few people ask to see pictures, so I'll give everyone a quick tour. Welcome to the nursery! This room used to be an office/practice room. It was already... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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On October 24th, I made a cameo at the Towson University trombone/euphonium studio class. I played a solo for the group to open the session. I haven't been playing while standing much recently...I must admit, it's starting to get challenging! I spent the rest of the class working with two... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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It was about this time last year that I pitched La Belle Americaine by John Hartmann for the Field Band's yearly solo auditions. It was selected and I was assigned to perform on Summer Tour 2013. I was very excited about this as the band was slated to perform at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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I was a band camp kid. Some of my best summer memories are from the Texas Tech Band & Orchestra Camp and the SFASU Band Camp. It always makes me happy to see local kids taking advantage of programs like the Monumental Brass Summer Brass Institute. Michael Parker, tubist with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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I was thrilled to spend a weekend in April at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington as guest artist for TubaZalea. Dr. Daniel Johnson hosts this annual event, inviting local students, amateurs and professionals to attend a day of low-brass-inspired fun. It was the perfect time to be in the beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Yes, it's true—I am with child. My due date is January 12th and I will be wrapping up the First Trimester this week. Allow me to take you on a journey through my first three months of pregnancy, illustrated by these handy GIFs: In general, I feel like this: Sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Brass Quintet jams for Allen Middle School band kids. Narrating Fort Meade Women's History Month Observance. Nerd-burgling. TUSAFB Tuba Quartet performs in Towson & Annapolis. TUSAFB's first Google Hangout! Smiling through my accidental lamb sushi. National Memorial Day Concert, (I watched from home). [Photo by Rob McIver] Gilbert & Sullivan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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I'm a bit behind on my gig posts, so I'll just quickly share these pictures from a Brass Quintet performance at the Rosedale Senior Center in Baltimore. We played here last summer and were happy to return. Several of the patrons even remembered that I was engaged to be married... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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The US Army Field Band Brass Quintet struck lunar paydirt with a gig at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Seriously, this was one of the most fun gigs we've ever done, and I think all our gigs are fun! The museum staff staged us right... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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My main musical outlet since Sequestration has been with the Brass Quintet. We've had gigs all over the 100-mile imposed limitation. A few weeks ago we made an appearance at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Mike Harcrow, a buddy from UNT, is the Horn Professor at Messiah, and he has hosted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Scuba diving has been on my bucket list for a long time. I grew up seeing my Dad and older brothers dive, and it's something I always knew I'd love. Brendan and I intended to get certified before our Honeymoon, but wedding planning got a little crazy, so we decided... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Hello loyal and patient blog readers! Usually I tell you about things after I've done them, but I thought I'd mention an upcoming event that I'm very excited about: TubaZalea at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. I'm the guest artist for this annual springtime, low-brass extravaganza. I'll be teaching lessons,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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{Shortly after the Brass Quintet returned from a week-long tour to New Orleans, Sequestration hit, and the US Army Field Band was forced to cancel Spring and Summer Tours. I've been holding off on posting about New Orleans, partly due to the climate of uncertainty surrounding Sequestration, but also because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life
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Every January I look forward to the United States Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop at Fort Myer, Virginia. Professional development on the euphonium happens to be a lot of fun. This event is a chance to attend excellent clinics, hear phenomenal performances by guests artists, and perform alongside my colleagues in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Lauren Veronie : Loud Life