Colleen J. Burnham

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“Extracurricular” Interests

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I remember choosing the trumpet for one reason – it had only three valves to learn! That was in the fifth grade when everything seemed possible – as long as it was easy ;-). It was in high school that I came to appreciate another value of playing trumpet – I got to sit in band with a whole slew of boys! I sat on one end of the row; the only other girl sat on the other. What a place to be as a fifteen year old!

Now, 43 years since that first day, I’ve discovered that I have a deep connection with all those other trumpet players. It seems we are all very much alike! It doesn’t matter where I go, or the section I find myself in, trumpet players are just plain nice people. Yes, we are the hecklers in the band — we’ve been sitting in the back row for as long as we can remember, and it’s just too fun to speak over all those heads. And, yes. Okay. I’ll admit it: trumpet players all always think they can do it better. But we who sit in those sections are also each other’s greatest fans; we are as proud of another’s beautiful playing as we are of our own. I’ve discovered that a trumpet section is “a section”, and as such, its members exemplify the concept of working as a team. While there must always be a “first”, each part is as important as the other; without them all, the section doesn’t exist.

This set of pictures is of the Colby Trumpet Choir, circa 2000. We came together at the request of the organizer of the school’s Christmas festivities. Ron likes trumpets in the church and asked Dennis (my significant other and another trumpet player) if he could pull something together. The group has been together since c.1998, adding and losing members as they travel through college. Dennis and I are the core group.

three Dans, a Matt, a Mike, and a Miranda
three Dans, an Andy, a Matt, a Mike, and a Miranda

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My Brood…



Sewing Projects…



My grand-nephews are Texas rodeo-boys — they love their horses!
I made “matching” sweaters for them…

Cutey Calvin

one each (only Calvin's has horseys on it)

one each (only Calvin’s has horseys on it)

…just found out that I’m going to be a grandmother ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

babysweater_ivory…and have finished a sweater set for him or her

and another …


PrettyBabySweaterKaytlyn’s (a friend) expecting a little girl in August – this sweater is for that baby ๐Ÿ™‚

This was a quick knit, done with one continuous piece of yarn – a tail at the top and a tail at the bottom, with no sewing in between!


The Bunting is a “remake” of my first knitting project in 1978 that I made for my expected first baby ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve updated the original pattern for that baby’s expected first, due at the end of November, almost exactly 31 years later (the two have similar due-dates ๐Ÿ™‚ )


Blue for Val’s new baby boy due in September (July 2009)



My expected grandson is being born into a real Red Sox family ๐Ÿ™‚ His mum asked me to make something to “prove” it ๐Ÿ˜‰


Matching sets for my nieces’ new babies [coming]: Bri’s Maddy and Jenna’s Mia



Written by Colleen J Burnham

November 17, 2008 at 6:09 pm

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  1. Colleen,
    You are most amazing. So many talents in the arts, technical sciences, fashion design. WOW! WOW! WOW!


    January 11, 2010 at 10:06 am

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