The Pair-A-Dice Tumblers band can be disorganized, bawdy, even beer-soaked. So leader John Birdsong was surprised to get a phone call asking if a kindergartner could hang out with his band.
It’s not that the Tumblers are an exclusive group. “We stumble and tumble and play music,” Birdsong said, noting that the band has for 40 years accepted musicians of any talent level as long as they adhere to a rule: “If you can’t play well, don’t play loud.”
Still, Birdsong had never been asked about letting a child join the band.
Then, last year, Rebecca Garside, a friend of a friend, contacted Birdsong to ask if her son Iggy could play trombone with the band at rehearsal. In her message, she explained that Iggy has a remarkable affinity for music that stems from a rare genetic condition called Williams syndrome.