I have been in band for 8 years. Words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed the past 8 years. When I chose to join band in 5th grade, I did not know how many friendships I would make from one simple choice. As I got better at playing the flute, the friendships grew stronger. In high school, I was in marching band, so that means more time spent involving band. During marching season, our Saturdays were consumed with band competitions. Because of the competitions, our practice times were every day during band class and every Monday afternoon. During practice time, we would have to go through a plethora of repetitions. If we did not do our best when we practiced at a particular part of the show, our band director would make us go back and do it again. His infamous words were “One last time” ; however, we knew that it was highly likely that we would have to practice the section more than once. Even though the whole band groaned as Mr. Ausbrooks said “One last time”, I will never forget the indirect impact …show more content…
During August, we would be practicing in high temperatures, so we would not want to stay outside doing the same section of marching over and over. However, we stayed out there and tried our best because we wanted to be successful. In the end, we were rewarded for the dedication we put into practicing. Just like anything else in life, I have to put in a great deal of hard work to be successful. If I want to be successful in anything I do, I know I have to put in much effort to make it happen. For example, if I want to graduate from college with double majors, I have to put in an enormous amount of studying to achieve this goal. The deeper meaning behind “one last time” is to work hard and give 100% effort in everything. This expression will carry on with me throughout my life; I hope that I will be rewarded for all the hard work I expect to do in
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The team was passionate and didn't give any sort of excuse to stop by for breaks. We had breaks but then we didn't stop for a long time. We sang song and marched vertically holding trees and gripping on stones. It was a win or hurt experience. We had to follow the tiny routes without falling apart from the cliff.
We started extremely early in the year and practiced for at least 10 hours a week. Obviously at the time I thought it was too much, and I never wanted to practice. I knew I had to push through all of the late nights and muscle soreness, and I am
We stunted at almost every game, and cheered at every game all season. Without Ms. Traska pushing us to be the best we could we wouldn't have done as much. People were always impressed when they saw us perform. We practiced everyday and never gave up. This experience taught me that even when something gets tough, I can overcome it.
For example, we would wake up early in the morning every day to work out in order to have a stronger physique, and we would do some warm-up before training which made us far from injuries. However, be on time to training is the most important things, and grab the championship of National Competition is ours dream. Every time we had a new
The time had come. The award ceremony of the last competition of the marching band season, the National Championships for class IV A was beginning shortly. Being at the J. Birney Crum Stadium with the rest of band, as well as other marching bands from around the Northeast, was surreal. The energy was crackling through the air as we waited with anticipation for the ceremony to commence. Minutes before, all of us were watching a lively performance by Sacred Heart University.
Music makes everything better, whether it is playing an instrument or just listening to other artists. I started playing violin when I was in third grade and switched over to the cello in seventh grade. There is a picture on my heart map of me and Sophia rehearsing for our first competition at solo and ensemble. The first teachers that I started both of my instruments was Sierra Gilman, who is now in college, and Ms. Bloom, my orchestra teacher. Ms. Bloom, inspired me the most though.
On their down time, they decided to get in shape to prepare themselves for the physical pain they would experience during The Game. "So we jogged through the dingy streets of our DA. After a week, we were doing three miles. After a month we 'd got up to six"(Hughes 77). This prepared the group for The Game and made them less tired and more eager to succeed.
Music is a very recent thing that has changed my life. I have always had an interest for music, since I was young I would dream of playing the Alto Saxophone. My dream became a reality in Sixth Grade when I was able to pick up and learn an instrument. I ended up choosing the Tenor Saxophone because of its dark full sound. I progressed very quickly taking lessons from Jill Marasa, band director at Costa Catholic Academy, later that year I bought a Flute, and Clarinet.
Every morning when I was getting ready I would stretch and listen to my music for all the dances I had. When competitions start, that’s when you basically give your life to dance. I remember being pulled out of school early for mandatory practices. During every one of my classes we stretched all 3 splits. While I was sitting in my splits, I would do homework.
I hate marching band. Leaving the trap of a class was the best decision I made in my high school experience. Once I was through with band, I joined theater. Joining theater for my schedule well, introduced me to friends, and opened my mind to new possibilities I hadn't considered before. Marching band was physically demanding.
During the week of tryouts we practiced right after school from 3:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. I was so tired that I had to come home and go straight to bed. I also missed my cousin's birthday party, and even a few other events because of practice. I missed some school events, too. But making the squad had always been an enormous dream of mine.
This has given me many skills including creativity and confidence to perform under observation of a large audience. It has taught me how to manage a group of people, which can be especially difficult when they are young due to the diverse nature of personalities and abilities. It has given me the chance to develop some skills in teaching and mentoring both adults and young people. Playing in the band has also helped me with my team working skills; when helping in the junior band, I have the opportunity to work with others and work together to help the learners to get as much as they can from each weekly session. I also play 2nd trombone in the senior band; the band would not be able to operate without good teamwork skills, especially since we practise twice a week; this demonstrates my commitment and perseverance to new challenges.
I wasn’t focused during our practices we had during the beginning of the season. I wanted to practice harder and be more focused. I wanted to be able to beat the players my partner and I lost so hard to. In order to become successful and be able to achieve my goals, I have to train hard, and not stop until I get there. The next morning, I set a schedule for days I was going to practice, and days I was going to rest.
We often had long, stressful practices that left us feeling weak and drained. Our muscles had no time to recuperate from the constant lifting and stretching, since we would practice every day. We all brought many different talents and strengths to the team, as well as weaknesses.