Teresa Chandler - Flute
July 2016 is when I first worked up the courage to come to a rehearsal. I was spotty about coming to practice for a while because of a combination of Real Life and excessive nerves. I still get those moments, but it’s much better now! (Kudos to Leanne and Tyler for fostering a positive atmosphere that’s friendly to those of us who need a bit extra encouragement!)
How did you hear about/find us?
I originally saw the flier in The Abbey, and took a picture of it to find out more, but got busy and forgot all about it until Renee told me she’d been coming. Renee knew I played flute and really encouraged me to come. I was incredibly nervous, and my car broke down when I finally got up the nerve to come the first time. The band was warm and welcoming and understanding, and now even though I make tons of mistakes, I’m having a blast!
What is your musical background/history?
I started band in 5th grade. Flute was the only instrument I could get a sound out of. It took me about a month to get that sound to come out consistently. Our band was tiny, so I started marching the next year. I wasn’t ready, and the older high school students went to the band boosters meeting to complain about the new 6th graders who didn’t know their right foot from their left. I was very driven to prove the older kids wrong, and persisted. By the end of the next year I was first chair. I played all the way through high school and a little in college at Montevallo.
I also sang choir in elementary and Jr. High school. I’m a lyric soprano, and was a part of the National Kodaly Children’s Choir in Boston in 8th grade. It was a super cool experience, and I really miss singing regularly.
What is your favorite “Band Song” to play?
Right now, I’m really digging the Prince Medley. I had three 45 singles when I was a kid – Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters,” Kool & the Gang’s “Misled,” and “When Doves Cry.”
What do you do when you are not playing music? (work/hobbies/for fun???)
I am a freelancer, doing a lot of writing, communications, and social media, with a little bit of ecommerce and web work thrown in. My ill-advised degrees are in English and History. I had been assured those were marketable degrees that were very flexible and I could find work almost anywhere. My advisor was a bit behind the times. I am constantly considering going back to school to follow my true passion, but astrophysics isn’t much more marketable. We’ll see.
I’m an unapologetic nerd. I read, roleplay, game, and geek out about almost everything science and literature related. I write poetry and never have enough time for all the things I want to do.
I married a student athlete (football player), but I won at parenting – both kids are band nerds!
What type of animal/breed of dog/cat/bird/fish/other etc…. best reflects your personality and why?
My inclination is to go with a mythical creature, but everyone else has been straight-laced with this one, so I’ll go with a fox – seemingly innocent and friendly, but surprisingly observant and always planning something. I’m quiet because I’m thinking ahead. It takes some time for me to let my guard down, but when I do, I am playful and fun. I’m also very fond of the night, although I’m not strictly nocturnal.
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…)
One funny celebrity encounter I had coincides with Renee’s – the same year Malcolm McDowell grabbed her butt at Dragon*Con, we had ridden in the elevator with him. I kept nudging my husband, and after we got alone I said, “Did you see who that was?” Chris didn’t believe me until later when Renee told him the butt-grab story. He emailed me and admitted that it must have been Malcolm McDowell in a corset in the elevator with us.
I met my husband on orientation night at college. I was trying to work up the nerve to talk to people and he came up to me and said, “Hi, I am Chris and I don’t like people either.” I was horrified, but he managed to overcome that rocky first impression. We walked out of a terrible stand-up comedy act together and walked around campus in the dark until 3 a.m. Only after I got home did I realize that I still had a boyfriend back home who might object, and also that maybe walking around campus with a complete stranger in the dark wasn’t the brightest idea I’d ever had.
I once had a Labrador retriever named Zaphod Beeblebrox who brought home most of the parts of a car, one piece at a time. One week we’d get a water pump, the next a bumper.
I used to ghostwrite books. Two have been about an Illuminati conspiracy to take over the world.