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Justin Blalock returns to his tuba roots tonight

Matt Ryan, Justin Blalock AP

And now for something completely different.

While the football world’s attention is captured by other matters, Falcons left guard Justin Blalock is going to use his time tonight to play a little tuba with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Of course.

Justin Blalock is a first-rate tuba player,” Atlanta Symphony Orchestra president Stanley Romanstein told Kevin Hageland of the Plano Star Courier.

Naturally.

Blalock said he began playing the offensive lineman of orchestra instruments when he was in sixth grade, and had to choose between orchestra, choir or band.

“I really wanted to play the drums at first, but I was steered away from that, which I’m sure my parents were happy about,” he said.

He said he played both football and tuba until 11th grade, when he let the marching band slide while he focused on his athletic career.

“It was tough to play when I wasn’t in band anymore because you don’t really see tubas just lying around,” Blalock said.

Nor do you see NFL linemen in symphonies, but you can tonight when the  Atlanta Symphony plays a benefit concert alongside a youth orchestra.

Blalock said he took a few lessons recently, and admitted there was pressure involved.

“There is definitely a sense of excitement, but I think I’m mostly nervous,” he said. “There are going to be a lot of really good musicians out there and I don’t want to mess this up.”

Matt Ryan and the members of the Falcons offense have the exact same feeling.

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7 Responses to “Justin Blalock returns to his tuba roots tonight”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Jun 27, 2013 1:26 PM

    Mookie Blaylock > Hank Blalock

  2. elliottcovert says: Jun 27, 2013 1:35 PM

    In my opinion, there is no instrument with more humor value than the tuba. Not only is it a funny sounding word, but it makes a funny sound as well.

  3. fievel03 says: Jun 27, 2013 2:42 PM

    Kudos to Blalock! When K-12 music programs struggle to lure student interest, it’s great to hear stories like this. Yes, it IS possible to play an instrument AND play the sport that will eventually earn you your supporting income. FWIW, Packers guard TJ Lang played trumpet all through middle school and was first chair. There’s talent in those O-lines!

  4. cometkazie says: Jun 27, 2013 3:20 PM

    Best wishes from this former tuba player!

  5. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 27, 2013 3:44 PM

    That may be the greatest thing any ATL football player has ever accomplished.

  6. WatchThis says: Jun 27, 2013 3:54 PM

    Can we get back to Hernandez, please???

  7. steelerfan9598 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:41 PM

    “you don’t really see tubas just lying around,”. For some reason that cracked me up.

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