There are many things that have influenced my love for music. However, the most influential of them all would have to be marching band. Marching band has been a major part of my life for 10 years. Marching band has been a way that musicians for many years have portrayed music throughout history. Yet there are many people who don’t truly know what marching band is, they only have what the world has portrayed it to be. But the main question that seems to arise is “Where did it originate and how does it relate to me?”
“Marching band is for dorks and nerds that have nothing to do”, I used to think to myself. After all, the media has portrayed band students to be this way. How could I not think that band kids had no social life and were all geeky! It was a flaw of mine to believe the stereotypes, but after my friend constantly insisted in me trying out for the color guard, I could not say no. Weeks passed by as I thought about
I hate marching band. Leaving the trap of a class was the best decision I made in my high school experience. Once I was through with band, I joined theater. Joining theater for my schedule well, introduced me to friends, and opened my mind to new possibilities I hadn't considered before.
One of the first visibal and obvious differences between the marching band and the football team is the equipment each uses. There are a variety of instruments used in a marching band, from horns to drums, in football, there is only one ball. They also differ greatly in uniform appearance. Football requires a helmet, shoulder pads, cleats, jerseys, and all other necessary required uniform pieces in order to play football. Where as a marching band’s apparel is very showman-like with extravigant hats, gloves, tops, and shoes; however, there is one thing that these uniforms have in common, and that is they both represent the school they attend in a tasteful, meaningful way.
High school band is often looked upon as an activity where a bunch of nerds get in big, bulky, sweaty uniforms and walk around the football field during halftime all the while playing music that they have memorized. Although this is 99.9% true, marching band is much more than that and if you think about what was just stated, that takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication. Marching band provides students with life lessons and skills that can never be forgotten. There are some major “plus factors” of being a part of a high school band such as: students get to be around other students that they normally would not associate with,
I am Cadet Captain Mejia and I have been in JROTC my whole high school career (4 years). It has been a crazy 4 years, from being cadet of the month my freshmen year to being color guard commander my senior year. JROTC has been a roller coaster for me, I loved JROTC my freshmen year. I did everything my first year in JROTC, I was in color guard, drill team, unarmed drill team, and raiders team! I did almost all color guard performances.
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. Playing percussion took on a whole new definition in my eyes and I gained not only a greater respect for music, but for the people that created it and managed it and loved it like no other. Through my high
Joining the school marching band at the beginning of my freshman year of high school was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working with my peers, building friendships while working toilsomely to perfect one show each year. When we weren’t on the field practicing, we were performing at football games or at community events, bringing the community together with a sense of pride. Being a part of the marching band has taught me to put the betterment of my peers over myself and I have made it my goal to make the people around me the best that they
Marching band; copious amounts of people scoff at the sound of those words. I often hear students commenting on how easy marching band is, how we don’t train like the football players do. At Anderson High School, that’s not the case, the marching band trains for just as long. As a band of over 125 individuals, it takes determination, pride, and confidence to achieve the goals we have set forth to accomplish. As a leader of the saxophone section, I know what it’s like to face failure, to overcome and turn it into success and to march on with confidence. I know exactly how to motivate my underclassmen when they tell me “I can’t do this anymore.” Over the last four years, I have succeeded in leading my group of 13 saxophone players to two State
I have invested so much time and hard work into my high school marching band, and it has helped me come a long way in terms of balancing a busy schedule with a large workload. I have learned how to become a successful peer mentor through band leadership, and have grown more confident in my abilities as a student and
I stood seven steps from the start line, hands sweaty and lips trembling. It seemed as if at any moment I would break the position of attention: feet at a forty-five degree angle, knees slightly bent, chin just above the horizon, and shoulders up, back, and down. Though I always dreamed of representing the Benicia High School Panther Band as their drum major, the lone figure in front of the block of blue and gold wearing a white British uniform and a brown bearskin hat, it never occurred to me that I was finally there. There was no way I could not be nervous; it was the last marching practice before my first competition in my career. Nevertheless, there was no escape.
I got my color guard flag July 2nd 2017. My flag has a white pole and a blue silk known as the flag part. All of the guard members has the same flag as I do. In our shows we will use different flags that matches the theme of the show. The theme for this year is Shine bright! We perform at football games at Hamilton High.
“Line up!”, “Stay in time with each other!”, and the best one of all “If all of u are doing it wrong but u are all doing the wrong thing at the same time then it is not wrong it is then right.” Color guard may seem easy and not a lot of work but, it is they are out in the sun with the band or in the cold for hours at a time. The team are together for two weeks strat and 6 hours a day before school even starts. Determination is a major factor needed by all participants. The color guard get so in time with each other that they seem like one person and not 10 or even
Alright grandkids I’m going to begin telling you the story now. It started when I was only twenty years old. I was eager to get out of my home town in Nevada. Ma thought I was old enough to venture away from them so I decided to move to California. Almost a month later I finally got settled into my cabin that was somewhat away from the big city of Los Angeles. I became fascinated with the environment. One day I was reading the newspaper and I saw there was a job opening for the Yosemite National Park. My eyes lit up with excitement and I immediately started to pack my bags. A few moments later I realized that I had saved three hundred dollars from my move, which was an average amount back in the 1960’s. I was still on the fence about going, but then I realized that I should go for it. I hated my job in the office and I loved the outdoors so it would be perfect for me. My final decision was to risk everything and go. It ended up being one of the best decisions of my life.
Throughout my childhood and adolescent years, I always had a dream of joining the military. Though it was a choice, I still did not have any inside information of what it would be like, and the requirements and specifics of the Army. It wasn't until 2005 when I decided to join the United States Army that all my concerns and questions were answered by a recruit; and I was guided through the whole process to enter and prep for the Army. If it was not for the confidences and motivation of my recruiter back in 2005, I might have not made my leap and probably would not be in this uniform today.