When Ben Sollee’s elementary school band teacher first put the bow to the cello in his third-grade classroom, she struck the wrong note. But it was still the right chord for Sollee.
“She played all the different instruments for us, and she was a violinist and didn’t necessarily know how to play the cello,” Sollee recalled, laughing. “She went to bow the low string, and it made an awful noise — which I loved. And I was like, ‘I’m playin’ that!’”