It is my passion and the band advanced to area this year. Another extracurricular activity I enjoy is Winter Guard, which is all color guard members and no band members. I have been in Winter Guard for two years and I will be going on my third year this year. The first year we got sixth place at State and I was captain my junior year as well. I feel like I have previous experiences and current events that will help me in college and am very excited to join a college
I have marched with the Pride of the Hill band since my Freshman year, and experienced some marching in eighth grade, and it isn’t as easy as it seems. I remember watching my siblings march when they were in high school and I was still in primary and intermediate, and I used to think that it looked easy and that it wasn’t really a sport or anything. But after experiencing it myself I realized the amount of work you put into it, the teamwork needed to accomplish things, and the competitions where you hope that all of the hard work, from band camp in the summer, the early morning practices during the week, and the Thursday night rehearsals during the
Practices were held everyday after school except Wednesdays, making excessive loads of homework difficult to complete and execute. Soon, my bond and relationship with God was completely obliterated. My inclusive mood and personality was depressing and bleak. My only elated junctures were when the Marching Band placed well in a competition. After the fall marching band season concluded, I began to attend church after accompanying the youth retreat to Camp Loy White.
I am, as of a December 2015, a third year participating member of the Southern Pride Marching Band here at Georgia Southern University. Music and the performing arts plays a huge role in my life, as it has given me the opportunity to travel and perform at various venues around the country. I have also met most of my closest friends through music, sharing experiences that I will cherish for years to come. Since my freshman year of high school, my skill as a percussionist has continued to grow. This past summer, in fact, I was presented with opportunity to march with Alliance Drum and Bugle Corps.
As the music crescendos around me and I toss my saber, everything else fades away until it's just me, the music and my saber. Months of hard work, dedication, and lessons I have learned come flashing back. I can't believe that there was a time before I knew how to spin anything, even a flag. Color Guard has helped me grow as a person over the last few years. In the beginning of my freshman year of school, the Guard program was not strong but because I wanted to join, I started to build the program.
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 think everybody needs to do it,” Walker said. “It doesn’t hurt anything, and you’re saving lives. It takes not even an hour. If anyone can give, they should. It’s so simple.”
I always wanted to be in marching band ever since I saw the Panther Marching Band halftime show when I was in 6th grade. It seemed easy enough; play your instrument and march around in different formations. At the time I thought, “How hard could it be?” Fast forward three years to my first pregame performance and my mindset changed dramatically. Minutes before the performance my attitude was, “Why did I sign up for this?
My summers were hot. My body ached. My legs were dark. Sometimes I wondered why I was even doing this to myself. For all four years of high school I participated in marching band - the most time-consuming underrated sport.
“You only fail when you stop trying.” It is early in my seventh grade year. I play trumpet in and out of school. Marching band is one of my favorite types of musical performances. My friends and my sister have also been in band and enjoyed it for a couple years as well.
Taking the field the Evolution “East Peoria Marching Raiders, you may take the field in competition.” During the four years of high school, I was able to get involved with the East Peoria High School Band program. The marching band has evolved since I joined in 2011 and it has been improving each year. My freshman year we used to march trombones, I was probably the worst one on the field when it came to the marching aspect.
Transitioning from middle school band to high school band was a major jump because of all the time involved, but it was such a great transition. Since my freshman year I have always done all I can to be my absolute best in this program. I never slacked off on practice unless I had another event I had to attend. Every summer we have band camp that consists of 8 hours a day working our hardest to get the season started. Once school starts the color guard had three hour practices three times a week, last year it was only two, and now we only have practice one day a week because of the effort we all put in at band camp this year.
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.
To the average person, the high school marching band is nothing more than a bunch of geeks that play during half time at the football games or monopolize the benches by the band hall, but to me, it is so much more. To me it is a family, a safe haven, a creative outlet, a home. I have been involved in marching band for three years, going on four, and I wouldn 't trade the experience for anything. When I entered high school as a scared and awkward freshman, I immediately had three hundred people that I could rely on. The program quickly became like a second home to me and opened up a whole new path in my life.
As a part of something like the Pride, I feel that the journey is what is more important. In marching band, we have many all-day practices, giving up our summer days, as draining as it is, it’s where many of my fondest memories come from. Learning a show and performing a little more every week at football games is an indefinable experience. There are times when you want to do