Of course I was not lacking respect before marching band, I respected my parents, my teachers, and many others, but marching band changed my idea of respect for the better. In the band, like I explained before there is a copious amount of student leaders, and these leaders are constantly criticizing your marching, your playing, and anything they can in order to make you better. At first this criticism is very hard to take, everyone feels like they are doing their best, but then someone, only two years older than you, is coming around telling them that they are not good enough. It is very arduous to appreciate and respect that criticism however, that is something band teaches people. I never before believed that respect and criticism would go together, but now I understand know several ways that they do.
I got to know people I probably would have never talked to because of it. I even became friends with some of my sister’s friends that are upperclassmen. I wouldn 't have even known who they were or had classes with most of them without us being in show choir. Lots of people may say choir kids are weird and they aren’t very wrong. That’s why it’s important.
I was given the opportunity to lead and also lead by example. I showed how a strong unit works together to perform tasks and get the job of putting together an ensemble done effectively, and also still play the instrument I love dearly. People have come up to me saying how I inspired them, or how my job as a drill sergeant as extremely well done. I have so much pride for what I accomplished as a leader of the band. I was able to go home after a game and not only say that I was a part of such an amazing group, but I was a major factor in what made them so amazing
During my time in Marching Band, I played the baritone and was the section leader of the entire low brass instruments in our band. That would make me the “go to guy”, if someone had a problem or needed something. It was important for me to be available and friendly, so they all had what they needed. When we would perform on
This experience made me realize that I impact and I am a role model in so many children's lives and I try to live my life in a positive manner knowing that there are others people watching me like them. Some other ways that I use my athletic leadership as a platform in my civic involvement is in football we can volunteer at places like Hills and Dales or in track we have a service day when we go out to the other Holy Family schools and do yard work/ helps clean around the
A hard time in my life was when I moved here. I did not want to leave my life in Maricopa, the place I moved from. I loved it there. I had my girlfriend, my many friends, my marching band family (I call them my family because they seem like it, I hang around with them so much they are my life), and a lot of other stuff too like school rank, grades, and most importantly the teachers and classmates I really liked to be around. I, when/while moving here, went through the stages of grief, or so I was told.
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.
I’ve always remembered that I had a good life up until high school. I didn’t know then, but I found out five years ago that I had depression in high school. I really wished that my teachers would’ve known and helped me. Yet nobody knew including my family members.
After discovering music therapy, I fell in love with the idea of working with children on a one on one basis. I believe my gentle nature has lead me to want to work on a one on one basis, instead of a full classroom. One of my biggest inspirations, for following my dream to become a music therapist was my high school chorus director, Linda Tieman. She brought me to Ohio University, and helped me to further explore music therapy. Mrs. Tieman introduced me to an Ohio University alumni, Jessica Lucas, who graduated with a music therapy degree.
One of the biggest pieces of this song was that I’d never again let someone else hold the pen and write it for me. I learned that other people who acted like they were my friends really were not. They were just hoping my song would never be published. I learned that songs could be happy and that I could write notes for hope of new beginnings and happier tunes. Most of all I learned that in the hardest times you can always have your family singing your song with you.
During concert band season almost everyone did not want to continue to play music because of the long-term teachers for the music classes. It slowly got to the point where no one but me in my section was going to the rehearsals. This led me to needing to learn multiple parts and led to odd points during practice where I was the only one playing while panicking trying to cover the parts equally. I repeatedly asked for them to come to the practice but rather than help most did not want to go to these practices.
I will say though, that I liked our band when I was in school. I went to high school at Seaman High School here in Topeka, so it was kind of cool to see a few people I knew in the band. Knowing the head drum majors actually, it was exciting to see her and other people I knew doing such articulate movements. Throughout the show, my girlfriend explained different things about marching band to me like how intense band practice is when they get ready for the shows. I didn’t realize how much timing and practice goes into the movements of marching bands.
Music teaches skills that you use in school and in work. Music teaches discipline. When learning a new song you have to work on the hard parts over and over to get them right. You also have to listen to the band director. It also teaches perseverance because you can’t give up if you are learning to play an instrument or else you will never become good.
I feel grateful for the guidance and friendship that my advisors at Park have given me. While there are many things I hope my next advisor learns about me, and there are two important things I would like my Dana Hall advisor to know about me. Over the years, I have grown passionates for many different hobbies. I have always had a passion for arts and craft and I started doing more in second grade After a long day at school, I began to attend crocheting lessons as something fun and relaxing.