Not only was I elected to be the treasurer of the music program, but I was also awarded the position of "low brass section leader." Earning this position sparked my desire be an ever greater musician; therefore, I decided to audition for the PMEA District 9 Concert Band. Being selected to participate in this band festival is undoubtedly the most difficult of all band festivals; however, I put a tremendous amount of work into my audition, which ultimately allowed me be one of only six band members from my school to be admitted to this prestigious band festival. Senior year has only just begun, but nevertheless, I still continue to put my best into the band program. I currently serve as the vice president of the organization, and in the marching band, I am the brass captain.
My identity is wrapped up in my love of music because I have been surrounded by it since I was little. When I was a toddler, I would sit for long periods of time and watch videos of kids singing songs. As I grew older I participated in my church's children's choir and even held solos in my elementary school chorus. When I reached middle school I joined my school's middle school chorus in 7th grade as an alto and 8th grade as a soprano. The transition between 8th and 9th grade was important for me because I took up voice lesson in 8th grade and went to my first music camp the summer before 9th grade.
Hard Work earns success in marching band. Continuous playing , short weekends, and exhausting practices gain your band praise and pride. The continuous playing in band class and then at practice after school seems to never stop. After the practices are done you get the songs so stuck in your head that they feel like the songs are implanted in your head. We mostly learn the song during band camp but we perfect them in band class throughout the school week.
Even though I was very successful in playing sports, marching band was the most impactful to me. Being involved in the marching band was a big wake up call for me. Practice was every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm, on fridays we performed halftime at football games, and on saturdays it would either be a 9am
Marching band is a huge commitment, but if a students is part of color-guard or the drum line... the phrase “free time” leaves their vocabulary. The practices start even earlier in the year and go even longer. Not only are there separate judges for color-guard and drumline, but there are also separate competitions: Winter Guard and Drum Corps. Both groups go all the way to international competitions. Marching band is a physical activity as much as a mental one.
That fall I joined the cross country team and lettered varsity. Later in the spring I joined my high school’s musical, and a year later I got the lead role. These were two things I ended up loving throughout my high school career that I never would’ve had the courage to try if I had stayed in my comfort zone of playing softball. I knew I had given up a major part of who I was, but what I didn’t know was all the other new experiences and people waiting behind that door. The injury itself was a brutal ending to a big part of what I thought made me who I was.
The band director ended up making where low brass wasn't a section, everyone was there individual leaders. Which Ozzy a hissy fit over, because he wanted the section to be whole, but in the end he got over it. At the end of every Marching season, we have a concert and play every song we have played that season and awards are given out. Due to all my hard work and practicing I got the “Most Improved”
From fourth grade through my senior year of high school, I performed in the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant. This was a performance held annually by my home church, and I had the opportunity to participate with my mother and brother for nine years. My mother sang in the choir, and my brother and I danced, sang, and acted out various scenes of the Christmas story year after year. The Christmas Pageant is an outstanding production that has been nominated five times and won two Emmy awards. By the time I was a senior I learned how to waltz, swing dance, and perform front row in a variety of choreographed dances.
One of the first of these is the passion that I have had for the fine arts since I got my first instrument in my fifth-grade year. Instruments for me then and now were used for expression, as well an escape and an outlet, even if it was just for a few minutes. I used music as a sort of antidepressant, as I felt like I did not have very many friends and felt completely alone for a long time. I also used to sing in the school choir and performing in the theatrical productions to express my emotions and feel like an important person to myself in my life. Some of the very first influences I had growing up with music was my grandpa and my music teachers Mrs. Dayton and Mr. Howe (yes, there used to be a Mr. Howe where I used to go to school as well) My grandpa, when I was little, always used to sing around the house and to the kids to make us laugh.
All things considered, aside from YOU, since you've just been playing weddings since last Tuesday. I've been playing string quartets in weddings for more than two decades, and I've adapted, in some cases the most difficult way possible, how NOT to have that frightful minute when the center movements from the upbeat couple to the in a split second humiliated violinist. We should get directly into it! The Anger of God I was playing a wedding outside, and the climate was great. 70 degrees, sunny, blue skies, precisely what the lady
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.
About a month after the nerve racking All-District Band auditions, three bands in Northwest Missouri performed last Saturday to a near-full theater. Thomas Brockman, the lead band director at Smithville and NWMMEA president said, “All-District is an honor band that represents our top players in the Northwest region. Students go in and audition on a set of material and they are selected via their performance in the audition and if you make this group you are doing very well and you’re also one of the top players in Northwest Missouri.” The NWMMEA or Northwest Missouri Music Educators Association holds audition events for high school and middle school band students on the first Saturday of November annually. ”I think it’s a good event. The music in Middle School is somewhat challenging, but in High School, the music that is to be prepared is much more
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