Personal Narrative: Joining The Monacan Band

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Spending countless hours every week on something might make someone tired, but luckily, this is not the case for me. Since joining the Monacan Band, my life has in one way or another revolved around the band.
Four years ago I would have never thought about applying for a leadership position. The idea of having a leadership position seemed scary and different. However, having past members exemplify leadership skills and Ms. Ryan’s guidance, I was lucky to learn from them and used those skills as I served as a section leader for two years. Being someone that people depend on can be challenging at first. Now you aren’t only responsible for yourself, but ten other people. The memorization of the drill with the music, bringing essential items
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These favorite memories include the James Madison Parade of Champions, my favorite band competition, and the band banquets where everyone comes together and has a great time reflecting on the past year. However, the band concerts are something that I will miss greatly. Working on two to three pieces of music for a couple of months sounds tedious. But after practicing and refining it, we always have it perfect by the end of the concert. Feeling this sense of accomplishment is very satisfying.
I’m not sure where I would be today without band and the support of Ms. Ryan and my fellow band mates. Ever since the first day of band camp freshman year, I have felt like the Monacan Band is my second family. For example, during the first couple of days of freshman band camp, there was one member of my section that I thought I wouldn’t get along with at all. Four years later, that person is one of my best friends. I am very fortunate to be able to have made friends that love music the way that I do.
For four years, I have learned and showed outstanding leadership skills and have made many friends, including people who I wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet. My hard work and dedication to the band lets me proudly say that I am a member of the Monacan

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