Hello, my name is Colin Balnave, I’m a seventh grader from Norup International School, the middle school you decided to mail a letter to. I have decided to join the “Amazing Mail Race”, and I was very interested in the idea of that. As I said before, my name is Colin Balnave. I love playing tennis, soccer, and football. I other favorite hobby other than sports is video games.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. One of the most unique things I find about Thanksgiving is that many families get together on this holiday, but they all do not do the same things. Some things might be the same, but not all. Each family has their own way of doing stuff on Thanksgiving. Some families gather together at a specific place every year.
Marching Band is a complex activity that many people are incapable of handling. It requires mental and physical output like no other sport. To be able to play an instrument while keeping correct marching techniques is a difficult task. Over time it becomes easier because the outdoor practices a person must endure are two and a half hours long. The marchers must practice for halftime shows, parades, and competitions to earn a record.
Many students have the opportunity to work in teams whether it’s a sport or a club that partakes in competitions. For me, that activity is marching band. Although marching band isn’t a sport, it’s similar in the team aspect, except we can have 150 or more other team members. Working in such a large group can be very overwhelming and time consuming. The season starts in late June and can go on well into the months of November or December.
I believe in marching band. I believe in blood, sweat, and tears. I believe in working hard not only for yourself, but also for the other 90 people on the field with you. I believe that if someone can get through a season without sweating, bleeding, and crying a few times throughout the season, they don’t deserve to call themselves a marching band member. I’ve spent each summer since I was a freshman in high school on the black pavement for 9 hours a day.
I would participate in the university's marching band. I have found a positive environment and happiness in marching band, and I could never see myself quitting. I find that whenever I'm having a bad day, marching band rehearsal always puts a smile on my face. During a football game, or a simple 3 hour practice, I can forget about my outside problems and focus on what I love to do: band.
Which is more important, the road or the destination? We find ourselves constantly pondering this question, sometimes leading us to different justifications. Some people will argue that it’s the end result, not how you climbed the ladder to the top. Others will say that it doesn’t matter where you end, as long as the journey is what stands out to you as the best part.
Marching season in band is rough,it's hot,it's painful,and it's repetitive but at the end of the day when you've marched a competition and gotten your scores are you really thinking about that morning's practice? No probably not. Some say the journey is more important than the destination i think otherwise. First and foremost, it is way more fun when you reach your destination. Just being able to march the whole show in front of all the judges and that moment when the horns go down and the crowd starts clapping and just knowing that you did it, is always better than thinking of practice yesterday.
When I was 14 my stake High Adventure group went on a 50 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail which was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging experiences I have ever had. For six days, I had to carry my pack containing about 40 pounds in supplies. It rained all six days of the trip. It only took a few hours before my shoes, socks, and feet were soaked through, which is not ideal for hiking.
A person’s hobbies say a lot about them as an individual. It is a universal truth that the people you surround yourself with have a major impact in shaping who you are, and the people that coincide with your interests can either change your life for better or for worse. For the past six years of my life, I have been a part of the fine arts community through band. Being a part of the band program has shaped who I am today as a person in many ways. It is in all parts my identity, interest, and talent, and in three to four months out of the year, it is my life.