Sunday, December 28, 2014

The End of an Era

Band has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. As soon as I started going to my new school in fourth grade, I felt the power of music pulling me in whether it be in band or in choir.

In the past eight years of band, I’ve learned how to march drum core style in 90+ degree weather or in pouring rain and thunder, push my body and mind to extreme limits, properly hold my instrument so that it exactly matches the other members in my section, make sure that I’m in line with the people in front of me, behind me, and to my diagonals, jazz run across the field while playing a song at 200 beats per minute, practice for 8 hours or more a day after a football game or SAT, and lead my section with as much dignity and respect as I can. Learning and growing is only one part of what the band does. After months of practices ranging from 3 hours to 9 hours, it’s amazing how well we learned our field show. Through the Looking Glass was the theme of this year’s show with each song being a feature of the classic Alice in Wonderland tale. The first movement was Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit”, the second being “Aha!” by Imogen Heap, Evanescence’s “My Immortal” as the third movement, and the last was Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10 Mvmt. 2”.  

We incorporated many difficult concepts into the show such as dance choreography, multiple changing time signatures, horn and body visuals, quicker tempos, and a new batch of color guard and drumline members. What seemed to be an impossible task for us was turned into a spectacular end to a long season. After a sore loss last year when we took home a festival rating of “Good” and second place trophies for the most coveted drumline, we decided that this year would be different. Silent rehearsals and bigger punishments for mistakes were incorporated into the weekly practices that not only pushed us to work harder but also taught us a deeper sense of dedication to our activity. Our hard work definitely paid off when we performed at our last competition of the year and won the first place trophies for General Effect and Sweepstakes. 

The wins were especially meaningful to us senior class members who have gone through incredible changes throughout our four years. From three different Band Directors and three different Assistant Band Directors to three different Drum Majors, we have really felt the chill of change. With two First Place trophies and a Superior rating under our belts, we truly have ended the 2014 season with a bang.

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