A year ago, I signed a contract with Hillsborough marching band but I never knew what I was signing up for. The place I feel at ease is marching band practice. This is because the people there are nice. I even won an award for being the most improved rookie. Although it is tiresome I have to constantly spend around 3 hours practicing marching and playing my music every Mondays and Tuesday during summer and fall, the adrenaline rush made me more focused and on task.
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
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.
Entering high school my freshman year, many things were new to me, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to get involved in as a student. The only thing I was sure of was that I was going to play high school soccer. I’d been playing soccer since I was about 8 years old, and finally having the ability to play for the high school I grew up watching was exhilarating. My main goal going into the soccer program was that I wanted to make the varsity soccer team by my senior year in high school- my brother had been a former varsity player, and I greatly wanted to fill his shoes and leave my mark at the school. Throughout my four years in the program, that was my main focus, but I was happy to discover that I was also making friends along the way.
Did you participate in track in high school? My daughter has been doing track for three years now (both indoor and outdoor) and has done every hurdle distance, 200 meter sprint, relays, and this year the triple jump. I think that she prefers the triple jump out of all of the events. Like you, I want to learn how to teach mathematics to all grades/ages. I love math- just not statistics!
The Northeast Missouri All-District Band was one of the most memorable events from my freshmen year. With the number of kids who make either the first band (All-District) or second band (Honorable Mention), several people were unfortunate on making either band. Many people from Troy made both of the bands and I was very lucky to be the only freshmen in the All-District band. The day started out with my usual stressed self; whenever auditions are held, I turn into a super-stressed person. Like many others, I get anxious like newborn bird trying to fly.
Since my school days, sports and extracurricular activities are a vital part of my life. I have participated in various zonal, state and national level competitions since I was 7 years old and have won a lot of prizes and scholarships for the same. I did not discontinue my involvement in non scholastic activities even after high school. In my first year at college, I grossly underestimated the rigor of my college and focused more on these activities, because of which my grades suffered and I even got a backlog in one of the subjects in the first semester. I still vividly remember the winter break after first semester: I was overwrought to the brink of breakdown but I somehow managed.
High school is always a unique experience for students. It is a time filled with discovery, terror, confusion, and many caffeine fueled all nighters. While all high school students share these beautifully tragic experiences, I can say with confidence that my time in high school has deviated a bit from the norm. Attending the Jacqueline M. Walsh High School for the Visual and Performing Arts (JMW) has allowed me to unapologetically be my authentic self while giving me the opportunity to thrive as the musician I always aspired to be. Growing up, I was a very introverted child who secretly wanted to be a singer.
“Free time? What’s that?” I jokingly asked a friend mid-winter. I was a member of six clubs in high school and it was peak activity season, meaning I stayed after school every day and occasionally until eleven o’clock pm. Although I was very busy in high school with all these clubs, I truly enjoyed participating in all of them and they helped me build confidence in my leadership abilities. I was able to empower myself through Drama Club, Femineus Vocalis, Reading Olympics, Multicultural Club, and Student Government, but most influentially through Class Activities Club where I served as an officer for my class.
Teamwork i would say has been my top skill throughout high school. I have ran track since 6th grade and now i'm taking on my seventh year as a senior. I ran cross country for two years, while it was a small team it was one that i really connected with and felt like a family. This year has also been my first year on the swim team and I am also the captain of the team as well. Even during this summer I worked at Mountain View Landscaping, i worked under the head of landscaping for 3 months just me and him doing six plus jobs a day, that really taught me a lot about teamwork because we eventually got a system down for max efficiency, so I found that to be a very rewarding
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.
So my seven class mates and I learned it, then performed several pieces at the time, and moved on to what we called the cool instruments. My friend Jacob and I were the only fourth graders who were taking the snare at the time and we both loved it, we took solo and ensemble together and both got first on our solos. Sadly, I moved school and couldn’t join my band, but I then found