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Euphonium player shared the fun at ISF

By Staff | Aug 24, 2013

RANDY ANDREWS, of Dayton, takes a moment to warm up on his euphonium before performing in the Share the Fun competition on Aug. 12 at the Iowa State Fair.

DES MOINES – One Webster County youth was ecstatic to be able to showcase his talent in one of the many Share the Fun competitions held throughout the Iowa State Fair in the 4-H building.

Randy Andrews, 11, the son of Randy and Julie Andrews, of Dayton, had the opportunity to play his euphonium, a tenor-voiced brass instrument to fair goers.

Andrews performed “Ode to Joy,” a piece he learned last school year at Southeast Webster Grand.

“I played it for a band contest at school and then at the Webster County Fair,” Andrews said.

He received an honorable mention at his local fair to earn the honors to compete at the Iowa State Fair.

Share the Fun, a 4-H talent competition, allows 4-H’ers to show off talents that go beyond the livestock barn and static exhibits, competing at the county and state fair levels.

Share the Fun lets youth perform in such areas as vocal performance, poetry, skits and other musical performances.

Andrews said he was kind of nervous before performing, but once he was given the chance to warm up his instrument, he felt a lot more confident about his performance.

“My instrument needs to be warmed up, or it’s not tuned right,” he said.

Andrews said he chose the euphonium after trying the trombone and not particularly liking that instrument; he moved on to switch over to the baritone and played one of his school’s instruments.

“My mom decided I needed my own, and there wasn’t a baritone available so we bought this euphonium,” said Andrews.

Although it took some time to get used to, because the finger placement of the horn is different than that of the baritone, he said he’s picked it up quickly and enjoys his time in band. He thinks it is pretty special to be representing his small town at the Iowa State Fair.

“I love band,” he said. “I think it’s good for the band, I mean, we are from a small school, that I have been taught to play this good and to be able to come down and play.”

This isn’t Andrew’s first competition at the Iowa State Fair, as he was part of an educational presentation last year.

Andrews said in addition to competing in the Share the Fun at the Webster County Fair, he also showed a horse, goats and made a goat stand used for trimming his animals.

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