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Chris Bilko: From trombone to tuba

Chris Bilko: From trombone to tuba

By Chris Bilko
Edited by Melanie Griffin

My northern Georgia high school marching band lacked tubas, so the band director came up to me and asked me to switch from trombone. It took me two weeks to learn the tuba. It's my willingness to evolve that I hope will help me grow with the changing journalism industry.

I've been interested in journalism for as long as I can remember. My father had me reading newspaper box scores as soon as I could understand the numbers. As I got older, I grew to love the writing I was reading every day.

He also had me on the field constantly: Spring and summer consisted of baseball, fall was soccer and winter was basketball. I was fairly good, but not good enough to take it to the high school level. But I did discover a skill for writing.

I chose journalism because I could combine the things I love: sports and writing. My parents always told me the best jobs were the ones where you do what you love. I found a way to do that in journalism.

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