Half the time I love playing my alto saxophone, but the other half I just want to throw it at a wall. Why, you ask? This feelings only comes around when there is a new honor band or it’s chair placement time. My failure is never challenging myself enough in band in order to get better. Concert band has been a long rode for me throughout the seven years I’ve been involved in it.
The History of Marching Band There are many things that have influenced my love for music. However, the most influential of them all would have to be marching band. Marching band has been a major part of my life for 10 years. Marching band has been a way that musicians for many years have portrayed music throughout history. Yet there are many people who don’t truly know what marching band is, they only have what the world has portrayed it to be.
There is a great debate on whether marching band is a sport or not. In marching band the performers have to get a physical. Also there are competitions for marching. Another thing is that most people think that only nerds are in marching band, but most people don’t know that the people in marching band are actually using more energy than the football team. Marching band is a sport because of the Physical exertion, the mental fitness, and the time it takes to practice.
Marching band; copious amounts of people scoff at the sound of those words. I often hear students commenting on how easy marching band is, how we don’t train like the football players do. At Anderson High School, that’s not the case, the marching band trains for just as long. As a band of over 125 individuals, it takes determination, pride, and confidence to achieve the goals we have set forth to accomplish. As a leader of the saxophone section, I know what it’s like to face failure, to overcome and turn it into success and to march on with confidence.
Because I had recently viewed the Mockingjay part two of the Hunger Games series, I saw an immediate connection in this chapter. Hunger Games part 1 required two of the participants from each of the 12 districts to be part of the annual Hunger Games. Each participant was given time to practice and prepare for the event; however, only one participant was going to survive in the end. Although not as violent, the preparations in the land of Ghuroub is very comparable to the training in the Hunger Games. The difference is that the people are trained with singing, or by “extracting the powers hidden within themselves” (Mahfouz 56).
One problem I would like to help address in the Vision Dance Company is the unfamiliarity of some incoming freshman with the band environment; both marching band and concert band concepts. Specifically, I have noticed that some have difficulty with counting and keeping time off of the metronome and that the concept of drill can be more difficult for Vision members to visualize and therefore grasp. As a leader, I would strive to solve these issues by setting aside time during Vision camp to practice both of these skills in a way that’s fun, team building games. For learning drill, I would first explain the general concepts of drill (side 1, side 2, inside, outside, front sideline, front hash, back sideline, back hash) and how it’s similar to
The problem here is that our school doesn't have a band, the problem here is that city academy believes that they are too small to have a band and they are wrong. City Academy needs a band and here's why. Band brings people together Band gives people the opportunity to learn an instrument A Small band could be used to assist the pep squad at games learning music is Just as important as learning core curriculum Band
Career in Music Being a professional recording/touring musician is what I have wanted to do since I was very young. It's my dream career, I can't see myself do anything else. Being an independent musician isn't easy though, there isn't really any colleges for young punk rock musicians to get a masters degree in smashing guitars. There are music colleges out there like the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, but those colleges are meant for the "formal" musicians who want to be the "back up" band for American Idol. Values There are many different values to being a successful touring musician, but surprisingly it all depends on you and your personality entirely.
It was only my second year being in choir and I was going to attempt college-level music competing against people who have been singing way longer than I had; some that has even been in choir since the sixth grade. I knew I needed all the help I could get so I went to Tarleton’s All-State Choir Camp over the summer. It was there I saw a familiar face, Kyle Hendrix, a former all-stater bass from our school. I did not know Kyle very well but throughout camp we became quite familiar with each other. The directors went through the music fast so there was still so much I did not know.
Dhani Jones once said “There is nothing better than live music. It’s raw energy, and raw energy feeds the soul.” Around the world millions of people go to music festivals and concerts that are performed daily. But, many people who are not as experienced with live music don’t know what to expect in the sense of going to a festival or a concert. Despite the idea that concerts and festivals are basically the same, there are many differences in cost, time commitment, location, artist quantity, and number of people attending the event. Cost is one of the ways that concerts and music festivals differ.
Rebekah Woods, a third year front ensemble member and eleventh grader quoted the movie Drumline, saying, “One band, One sound.” Band members have similar mannerisms, such as walking in time when not in band and making simple songs or beats outside of practice. Around each other, band members lose most inhibitions they have at school and enjoy the presence of other band members before practice. The 2015 Mighty Trojan Marching Band Alongside football games, the Mighty Trojan Marching Band attends many competitions throughout the marching season. Bands true mettle are shown on the field. Competitions are a highlight for many members of the band, since they are filled with rival bands, food and music.
Ellison also talks about this in Living With Music. Ellison says “…I had been caught actively between the two: that of the Negro folk music, both sacred and profane, slave song and jazz, and that of Western classical music. It was most confusing; the folk tradition demanded that I play what I heard and felt around me, while those who were seeking to teach the classical traditional the schools insisted that I plays strictly according to the book and express that which I was supposed to feel. This sometimes led to heated clashes of will.” I too had a similar experience. When I was playing in my high school band I would always complain to my instructor about the music that we played.
As the competition season and school began the amount of work for me to do increased. Having an AP class for the first time, three honors class, and a college course my balance for work slowly diminished. It grew harder and harder to focus on all of these but rather than quit I Singh 2 redoubled my effort. This was a significant point for me because I was going at my own problems alone. As the season progressed I got better until concert band season.
Perry Band Olympics. This phrase both excites and terrifies every band student in Ankeny. Every year, our directors selects different songs for their students, and the students spend around six weeks practicing. My junior year solo was the hardest solo I’ve prepared, it challenged me in ways that I had not been prepared for. The song was divided into three movements, with little breaks or rest time in between.
I grew up with panic disorder, which at points was so crippling I would be unable to leave my house for days on end. In order to cope, I began to immerse myself in practicing music, which was made widely available to me by the band program at my high school. I joined every ensemble I could- marching band, jazz band, theatre ensembles- and the more I played, the less time I had to think about all the things that scared me. The availability of my directors and their passion for music ultimately aided in my ability to overcome the disorder that was slowly destroying me, and I hope to one day be able to do as they did for someone in the future. Within my family, my mother has always been a role model for my sister and I.