I have a great job. I get to play music for a living, I have wonderful colleagues, and at the end of my work week I literally receive a round of applause. I’m so incredibly grateful that music brought me to Buffalo.
Today was an especially fun day at work because after an hour of rehearsal the mayor of Buffalo showed up, congratulated us for winning two Grammys, declared today “BPO Day” in the City of Buffalo, and gave us the key to the city. Then, we all went into the lobby and drank champagne and ate adorable Grammy cupcakes.
Adorable and delicious
The ceremonial key to the city is pretty cool, you guys! It comes in a beautiful velvet lined wooden box, and it’s made out of something heavy so it has a very satisfying weight when you hold it in your hands.
The key to the city of Buffalo
I think my boss was a little nervous when I asked if I could pose for a picture with the key and then proceeded to disappear with my friends for five minutes- his worry was probably for good reason. Basically, as soon as we had our mitts on the key, everyone started making jokes about what it could open. So, we had a little photo shoot.
Amelie and Glenn investigate exactly which doors our key will open.
If anyone needs to open a door in Buffalo today, call me, because I’ve got the key.
The key to the city looks good on Glenn’s keychain.
After these photos were taken, we took the key to Home Depot and had 73 copies made (one for each musician). If I’m Byron Brown, I’m changing the city locks. ASAP.
In all seriousness, today was a lot of fun. The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is so proud of these Grammys, and we are so thankful for all of the support that we get from Buffalonians. We are incredibly honored to be recipients of the “Key to the City.”
Thank you, Mayor Brown! And thank you to all the people who support our music at the BPO!