By Mark Traphagen on April 8, 2011
It’s been a long time coming, but I finally finished my multi-part story of high school band geekdom that began as an audio podcast (Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 1) that never got finished because I started intensive chemo for my cancer.
Last night I got to finally put an ending on this story, and in front of a live audience! As one of eight winners of StorySLAM storytelling evenings put on by The Monti, a NC Triangle-local organization, I competed last night in the 2011 Monti GrandSLAM. Though wasn’t crowned GrandSLAMPion in the end, I had a great time delivering this story to a sold out crowd of 350 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. Enjoy…and “go for legend!”
BONUS! Here is a photo from my high school year book of the stage band in this story. That’s me, second from right, standing holding my bone. Trombone, that is. Unfortunately, Alan Helm (not his real name), the “hero” of my story, is not in this photo.