After having to struggle and not making a chair placement my freshman year, by the time sophomore year rolled in I was determined to make a chair placement in the Georgia All-State Band ensemble. From the very moment the bass clarinet etudes were released I did not waste any time practicing and rehearsing at home and after school to achieve my goal of getting a chair placement. Amazingly, the long hours I spent learning rhythms and perfecting my tone quality paid off in the end because not only did I manage to get first chair placement in District Band, but I achieved the first chair on a statewide level in the Georgia All-State Band ensemble. These achievements only begin to exemplify not only how important setting goals are to me, but also
One-hundred and fifty students stared out at the audience, heaving after singing their final note at the All-State Honor Choir Conference. Among those kids was Janie Hawkins, a five-foot-two, singing powerhouse. All state choir is focused on learning music and perfecting skills, so when Janie got in, she received music at home before the “conference.” She and other students tried out in September, received the music and then stayed in Eugene, Oregon. After two days of practicing for the performance with her choir peers, Janie and the choir finally did the performance and had to say goodbye to their new-found friends at the Eugene Hult Center.
I am, as of a December 2015, a third year participating member of the Southern Pride Marching Band here at Georgia Southern University. Music and the performing arts plays a huge role in my life, as it has given me the opportunity to travel and perform at various venues around the country. I have also met most of my closest friends through music, sharing experiences that I will cherish for years to come. Since my freshman year of high school, my skill as a percussionist has continued to grow. This past summer, in fact, I was presented with opportunity to march with Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps.
("A Quote) When I sit back and think of all the ways band has changed my life for the better, I realize it was not just the music, but also those who are in the band. Wirt County Tiger Marching Band was literally my go to for the longest time, especially after my parents split up, the only people I wanted to talk to were those in band. I started band when I was in the fifth grade and I played a clarinet for about two weeks and realized that I had made the biggest error thinkable. After two weeks passed I then tried out the trumpet and
Meet my Jazz band. This is a picture of us in New Orleans my junior year during spring break to play Jazz. I decided upon this picture because this band has had such a profound impact on how I frame my future. My connection with music through the piano has been fostered ever since I could reach those shiny black and white collection of keys. Starting at the age of four, playing the classical music of Mozart and Bach was what my musical background was founded upon, with tangible medals and accomplishments as achievements.
When I was selected to play in the 2015 All-State honor band, my dream transpired. Since the seventh grade I have participated in jazz band along with concert band; I now play in my high school 's most selective jazz band. Humbled by my elite group members, I accept many improvisation solos to express my ideas and find my place among
I realized that the only way I could achieve the results I desired was to work harder, so I focused more energy into my schoolwork and it paid off. I continued to play the flute all through high school, and participating in marching band had an equally important impact on my life. Through marching band, I learned the importance of time management. Rehearsals every day after school, Friday night football games, and Saturday competitions that lasted all day greatly cut the amount of free time I had. In fact, the majority of my free time seemed to disappear, until I started working on my time management skills.
A huge part of my life has been music since a young age considering my mother also played an instrument and was in her own high school’s marching band. As a child, the piano sitting in the dining room of my home always taunted me with the mystery as to why it was there, but I was consistently curious as to what it would sound like to play. After deliberating intensely, I finally decided to teach myself how to play, and playing the piano soon became an important part of my life. As soon as I was allowed in the band, I joined and began to learn how to play the trombone; however, only knowing how to play one instrument within the marching band never managed to sate me. This need later led me to switch to Euphonium in order to perfect my skill
I brewed up my own mentality about band practices –if I did not march performances, then the practices were my performances. It was during those makeshift performances on the practice field, when it had finally struck me: I have never cared about any activity so much before marching band. Therefore, I was overjoyed every Friday night because I was playing with the band in the stands. But every Friday night, halftime always ripped a fresh hole in my heart because I was never out on the field playing a part in making the crowd
In the long run, this truly paid off, as it allowed me to develop my skills as a trombone player, but more importantly develop a sense of self-motivation. On the day of auditions, I went in hoping for the best, and although my run wasn’t perfect, the practice and preparation that came before ultimately allowed me to make the band. This experience provided me with a special lesson, and let me know that my talent won’t always carry me, as what really mattered
I’ve spent hundreds of hours working with my peers, building friendships while working toilsomely to perfect one show each year. When we weren’t on the field practicing, we were performing at football games or at community events, bringing the community together with a sense of pride. Being a part of the marching band has taught me to put the betterment of my peers over myself and I have made it my goal to make the people around me the best that they
There were three combined band in my middle school-awhile I was there. My final year at that school I made top band, wind ensemble, I had a good chair but looking back I could have worked harder to get higher-I was 6th out of 9 clarinets that year. I feel my chair did not give me justice but at the
I can remember the adrenaline that I felt as I sat on the stage playing a solo in front of a sold out crowd. This experience had a great impact on my musical perspective, challenging me to up my game when the degree of incredible talent was exposed to me for the first time. Hearing the jaw-dropping music coming from the instruments of other musicians surrounding me motivated me to turn my engines on and get to work immediately. Following that experience, I have practiced my butt off to be the best tuba player around, and I mean around the
In the 5th grade, I decided I would audition for the band program for the following year of school. I tried out many different instruments, but I ended up becoming a percussionist. Throughout the three years of middle school band, I went from being one of the students who was always struggling to receiving all district and all region honors my 8th grade year, but it wasn't until I got to high school that I realized how much I love music and how fun it can be. I enjoy being able to perform for all sorts of people and see their reaction to the music I make which fuels me to work harder to become better. When I hear people compliment me by saying they enjoyed watching me play and perform, it really inspires me to stick with music and to keep pursuing
I have been participating in the band since freshman year. As much as I enjoyed being in band, I was frustrated with the outcome of my freshman, sophomore and junior years, season. Now, my senior year has rolled around, and I was selected to be a section leader. The other senior section leaders and I set high goals for this season. We encouraged each of our sections to work harder at practice and to concentrate on all aspects of the band show.
I walked into the band room the band with my heart in my throat, my clammy hands twisting themselves into knots. Why was I here? I didn’t want to be in band-- I could never practice enough to be as good as others, and none of my friends were joining. I sat down at the table before the 5th grade band director, who proceeded to hand me a variety of different mouthpieces and ligatures, trying to find the best fit for me. I walked out of the room 20 minutes later quite disheartened.