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Karen Adwell: Clarinet / Bass Clarinet

Member since? 

November 2017

How did you hear about/find us? 

My good friend Meredith joined and invited me to come too!

What is your musical background/history? 

Started playing clarinet in 7th grade and played through High School in Marching and Symphonic bands.  I played clarinet in Auburn University’s Symphonic Band for three years (2002-2005), and I marched in the AUMB for three years (2002-2004 seasons).  I marched clarinet for the 2002 season, and for the 2003 and 2004 seasons, I learned to play TC Baritone and marched Baritone those two years. I wanted to see what it was like to march as a brass!  (Answer: It’s super fun!) I was also a member of Auburn's Kappa Phi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, a Professional Music Fraternity for Women.


What is your favorite “Band Song” to play? 

“Festive Overture” - Dmitri Shostakovich.  Best clarinet parts!


What do you do when you are not playing music? (work/hobbies/for fun???)

I am an RBT/ABA Therapist for Milestones Behavior Group.  We work with children with autism, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral issues.  It is extremely rewarding! I also have a HUGE love for dogs, and extensive knowledge and history working with and training them.  I love every dog. Every single one. Also, I love to bake, and I enjoy gardening too.


What type of animal/breed of dog/cat/bird/fish/other etc…. best reflects your personality and why? 

I had a good friend tell me I’m like a giraffe.  She said because on nature documentaries, while the lions and gazelles are duking it out in the foreground, you can always find a giraffe in the background, staying out of the way but still checking out the drama.  That’s me. Also, I look awkward when I run.

What is your superpower? 

My memory is really solid and pretty photographic.  From events, to funny happenings, to music, to quotes, to what someone was wearing on some random day… I can remember it.  And I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.


Tell us something fun!  You know, like “That one time at band camp…” Or elsewhere.  (funny anecdote/story/amazing coincidence/hidden talent/celebrity encounter, etc…) 

At the bowl game in Orlando in January of 2003 (AU vs. Penn State), a group of less than 10 of us were approached on the sidelines by EA and asked to film a spot for the upcoming NCAA Football 2004 game.  So I ended up in a nationally syndicated EA commercial that aired for months! I'd get random calls from friends and family all the time like "I just saw you on [MTV/NBC/Comedy Central/ESPN/etc]!" It was kinda weird, heh.  EA SPORTS! IF IT'S IN THE GAME, IT'S IN THE GAME!

Also, thanks to the AUMB, we played for President G.W. Bush twice.  Once when he came for a rally at Auburn in 2002, and then the AUMB marched in the Presidential Inaugural Parade in DC in January 2005.  Political leanings aside, it was a huge honor!

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