I'm Lauren Veronie. Let me start at the beginning...
I was born in Houston and raised in Willis, Texas. I really love Texas. It won't take much time around me for that to become apparent.
This is the first documented evidence of me blowing into something and getting a noise to come out. Anthropologists suggest that this is where the trouble started. I picked up the euphonium at age 12 and never looked back. Pretty soon I was a super-star, (in my own mind). I loved band, loved low brass, loved the outfits we got to wear...I was hooked! Many amazing teachers offered encouragement along the way, inspiring a lifelong passion for music. Educators are amazing people. Go thank your favorite teacher, right now.
I decided that the euphonium needed me. Mostly, it needed me to practice. A lot. So, I packed my bags and headed to the University of North Texas.
was very special. There, I studied with the legendary Dr.
Brian L. Bowman. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor to guide me through my young,
impressionable, and sometimes over-enthusiastic years.
During my six years at UNT I earned a Bachelor's and Master's of Music. More than that, I learned to love performing, teaching, and working with fellow musicians. Before I knew it, I was walking across the stage while my friends played Pomp & Circumstance for the 67th time in a row.
was to be a euphonium rockstar, and play professionally in a
military band in Washington D.C. After countless hours of
practice, years of study, and taking many auditions, I was offered a job in the United States Army
I shipped off to Basic Combat Training on June 16th, 2008. For the next eleven weeks, I forgot all about music. My life was pushups, cleaning the latrine, avoiding Drill Sergeant attention, and learning how to handle my M16. It was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. I won't say the time flew by, but soon I was a real soldier and ready to apply what I'd learned about assault rifles to my euphonium.
with the US Army Field Band started in September of 2008. My first gig was to perform at the final Yankee's game played in the original stadium. Did I mention that I have the best job ever? I miss Texas, but I'm getting used to life on the East Coast.
Every day I come to work to play with one of the best bands in the
country, and I am so honored. A big reason why my job rocks is because of my section-mate, Chris,
who is my brother-from-another-mother.
Music has taken me all over the world and landed me in some pretty interesting situations. I am very passionate about performing and bringing positive attention to the euphonium. It is such an incredible instrument, and I want to share what it can do with the world.
has been completely supportive and my own personal fan club over all these years. I can never thank my parents enough for driving me to countless lessons, buying my first euphonium, and tolerating the sound of blaring scales while trying to watch the evening news. My brother is also in the Army. Our jobs are pretty much exactly the same, except that I play euphonium, and he is on the Bomb Squad. He's an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer, and one of my heroes.
to cook, especially cajun food or anything spicy. I read a great deal of fantasy & science fiction, and will watch any movie with aliens or lots of explosions. Documenting life is one of my favorite things. When I look at a picture it makes me think about all the experiences and emotions beyond the border of the photograph that you can't possibly capture. That's what it's all about.
I just signed up for six more years in the Army, and I can't wait to see where new adventures will take me. Life is more fun if you live it loud. Thanks for stopping by!