Parts of rehearsals would pass by being unproductive and even though by the time we needed to perform people weren 't able to tell, it 's hard for me not to wonder how much better we could have been if that time wasn 't wasted. When the date for band position annoucements came along, I knew what I would get and I wasn 't upset at all. When Dr. Kayser annouced the names of the three Drill Sergeants, my heart was bursting with pride. You see, drill sergeant is the highest position one can get in band in which one may also play an instrument. If I had received drum major as I hoped, I would have been more than happy to lead the group, but would have missed dearly being a part of the sound that comes along with the band.
For the rest of the night I felt euphoric; nothing could drag me down. One extremely intense month of practice and I achieved what I thought was initially impossible. Based on this, I formed a fresh outlook on challenges: I can accomplish anything I set my sights on so long as I work for it with everything I have. However flawed this view may be, it will serve me incredibly well over the next few
Marching band was fun I was very sceptical about getting all my music memorized but Ms.Snider made it very easy and kept encouraging me to get it done, along with the other members in my saxophone group. I had watched the marching band as a kid and I never thought that it was as hard as it really is. Getting all the steps and starting on your left food is very important when staying in step and getting a good rating at contest. My friends and I got even closer, and I made a lot more friends.
After seven years of playing the violin, I can proudly say that music has become a part of me. Throughout my experience with playing the violin, there has been one individual who has helped shape the person I am. Providing the enduring teachings that will shape me into a greater human being, this person deserves the utmost respect for establishing my interest in the violin and in music. For the sake of this story, he will be referred to as Maestro Johnson. If I had a ticket that could take me anywhere, I would use it to go back in time to the time when Maestro Johnson was my musical advisor.
Without a doubt attending North Carolina Governor 's School West has had the greatest impact on my thinking. I was privileged to join a few hundred of the brightest minds of my age in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for a six week experience away from outside influence. This immersion was especially life altering because of how open-minded everyone was to new perspectives. This truly created an environment of learning and expression in addition to being a major liberation from my everyday life as I had to be truly independent while on Salem College’s campus. I attended as a choral ensemble student, but was able to experience so much more in addition to choir.
It is the guidance of myself and other older members that helps them realize that coming together makes for many rewards in the end. Working together allows the band to display its full potential, When this happens, we become the band that breaks records. Becoming the first band in almost fifteen years to earn superior ratings the entire marching season is proof of our hard work and dedication. The feeling of satisfaction we have as a team trumps any negative feelings going throughout the
The transition between the Junior and Advanced bands was again disjointed, but better than before. The Middle School Advanced Band played well too, and their performance was the best so far. Their opening song was together, and the first song was lively. They were somewhat uniform in attire, however I believe the Junior band was more consistent in what they wore than the Advanced band, and it payed off for the Junior band on stage. The Advanced band had two pieces that were introduced as solos, but they didn't seem very well practiced.
First, leaders need to respect the efforts of others in order to criticise them in an effective way, and secondly, when receiving criticism people need to respect that there are changes that need to be made in order to be better. Overall the marching band has taught me many lessons that I will carry with me throughout my life, and the three that stand out to me are having the ability to display positivity to help make it through anything, how to serve others as a leader and when it won’t be seen, and respecting things other than people, for example, the efforts of others and criticism. I consider these three lessons to all help build up my character, which was also greatly shaped by band, and will never be the
After all the warm-ups, the drum major dismisses each section to go onto the field to perform. Although the rigorous practices take up many hours, at the end of the day, the results are worth it. Each band member works hard and gives 110% when they perform. Freshman Julia Ma commented, “I think it pays off. All the hours we 've spent during rehearsals, it 's torture at times but it 's all worth it when you perform.”
That was something I wanted to change because in order to look at the bigger picture, the smaller pieces must also be recognized. It was my first time as a leader as well as being in charge of 130 members. I tried to work with and gave my attention to each individual because they do matter, which helped the group progressed so much. The responsibilities continue to increase as the pressures of being a perfect leader begin to evolve. I was worried that people were criticizing me or blaming me for any small mistakes that I might make, but I realized that I was still a member of the band who was given a leadership position to inspire people with encouragements and positivity.
Every single time, I grow a closer and closer bond with my instrument, while being pushed with music that is not in my normal technique level. Usually, in these groups, we have a guest conductor who guides us through how to play the passage. Last year, my director said something that I will never forget for as long as I play music. During our concert, before we played our piece, he turned to the audience and gave a small speech. He said, “Music is the key to solving all of Earth’s problems,” and while it may seem incredibly farfetched, there is certainly some truth to what he was saying.
Prideful were the leaders, poised was our performance, and professional we tried to be; however, it was never enough. We missed finals by a long shot.
The beginning of the year came, it was time for jazz auditions. I played my heart out I did exactly what I needed and I earned the lead trumpet role. Not only did I get lead trumpet, but I played at a high level. We sounded great under my sound, under my lead. The feeling of my work finally paying off, I feel euphoric playing lead.