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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

AGE: 35

DATE OF BIRTH (DD/MM/YYYY): 05/04/1979

PLACE OF BIRTH: Marion, Illnois

GENDER: female

ETHNICITY: Caucasian

OCCUPATION: elementary teacher

EDUCATION: bachelor’s degree

AREAS OF RESIDENCE OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIVE REGION FOR LONGER THAN SIX MONTHS: N/A

OTHER INFLUENCES ON SPEECH: N/A

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RECORDED BY: Amelia Morse Kolkmeyer

DATE OF RECORDING (DD/MM/YYYY): 22/02/2015

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ORTHOGRAPHIC TRANSCRIPTION OF UNSCRIPTED SPEECH:

I grew up in southern Illinois. I’ve lived here most of my, or all of my life. Uh, I went to school, uh, and became a musician. I started out playing the clarinet, which I started in fifth. I played in sixth — fifth and sixth grade. And then my band director asked for volunteers to switch to the tuba, because all of the eighth grade tuba players had moved on and they needed more. So I raised my hand, and he kept overlooking me. And I kept raising my hand and like waving it around. And he asked me what I wanted, and I asked — told him that I’d be willing to switch from clarinet to the tuba. And he told me that I couldn’t. So when I asked when I couldn’t, he told me that I was, uh, too small and I was a girl. So from that time forward I have played the tuba. And I’ve been playing for – well twenty-plus years. I’ve played all the way through high school. I’ve played in college. And being a female of about 110 pounds at that point, uh, the brass Sousaphone was a very heavy instrument to play through college. Uh, so, but anyway, I still love to play the tuba. I play in our, uh, church band every Fourth of July. I also play in the hand bells and sing in the choir. Uh, music has been my love and my talent. And I also enjoy being with my girls and my husband. And we just love playing and hanging out with one another. Um, and I enjoy sleep, which I don’t get very much of. So, anyway, thank you.

TRANSCRIBED BY: Amelia Morse Kolkmeyer

DATE OF TRANSCRIPTION (DD/MM/YYYY): 24/02/2015

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