Decision in sixth grade leads to Blue Band

Story posted October 19, 2015 in News by Sullivan Holt

Chris Bloom didn’t always play the tuba.

When he was in fifth grade he started out playing the saxophone, but in sixth grade things changed a bit. His school needed tuba players, and he was one of the few people who could actually carry the large instrument. Ever since, he has not looked back.

Bloom is now in the Penn State Blue Band where he plays sousaphone, and a tuba euphonium ensemble. He says the Blue Band can be difficult sometimes, but on game day it can be very fun. Bloom takes lessons at the Penn State Music Building to hone his skills.

He’s a music education major, so Bloom plans on being a teacher of music at some point in his life.