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Personal Narrative: My Relationship With A Concert Band

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Everybody thinks and experiences failure in a different way. But our only true failure comes from refusing to try again. This saying comes to mind whenever I think of concert band. My relationship with concert band is a complicated one. Half the time I love playing my alto saxophone, but the other half I just want to throw it at a wall. Why, you ask? This feelings only comes around when there is a new honor band or it’s chair placement time. My failure is never challenging myself enough in band in order to get better. Concert band has been a long rode for me throughout the seven years I’ve been involved in it. Fifth grade was when I started playing an instrument. The battle begins here because I wanted to play the flute, but my mom forced me to play the alto saxophone. The first three years of band is the time I struggled the most. I didn’t want to be in band and everytime I asked my mom to quit she would say no. Her reason why was because she was paying for it every month, I couldn’t quit until the instrument was fully paid off. Since…show more content…
I struggled in the beginning because I couldn’t find any love towards band and my instrument. But as my journey progressed I started to find the joy and the art in band. I might have taken 6 years for that to happen, but it was worth it because I couldn’t imagine my life without band. Band has taught me how to challenge myself and believe in my own abilities as a musician. It has also taught me how to be apart of a team and what it means to be responsible for my own part in activities. In marching band if you don’t practice and know your drill and choreography, the whole band will suffer as a result. In concert band if you don’t learn the right rhythm in the music along with the notes the music won’t sound together. The process of chair placement auditions and honor bands has taught me to never give up and if you work hard enough you will
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