I’ve been in the band since I was in the 6th grade, and when I was in school it was truly the only one thing that made my day suck less. I remember the moment I knew I wanted to play the clarinet. I was at a 5th grade assembly because the middle school band director had come to recruit 5th graders to be in the band for the next year. When we got to go up and look at the instruments I knew INSTANTLY that I wanted to play the clarinet. It’s like it was calling out to me. I don’t if it had to do with the sleek look of with its black body and silver keys. I thought it was beautiful! But anyway I told my mom as soon as I got home that day and I remember that summer before 6th grade she took me to Raleigh to get my clarinet. Those are some of my fondest memories. Earlier today I was taking a trip down memory lane and searching on YouTube and listening to some of the music that we played when I was in the high school concert band (I played the clarinet/bass clarinet). We played some really awesome songs. There was a lot of Robert W. Smith and David Holsinger. I think those two composers were my band teacher’s favorites. As I was listening to a few songs today I had an appreciation for the music. I mean I’ve always had an appreciation. I loved the music back then when I was playing it in high school, but I guess since I haven’t heard it so long it was like music to my ears…quite literally. It’s amazing how when you hear orchestral composition and all of the instruments come together and just work off of each other. At one point in the music all the instruments could be playing together and then the next measure most of the instruments fall back allowing one particular instrument to shine throughout that one part because the composer wrote it that way. It’s a beautiful thing when the instruments just meld together like one cohesive joint. There’s so much that can be going on in one piece of music but it just works and it just comes together beautifully. Band is life. Below I’ve posted a couple of the songs that we played in high school.
I have a deep appreciation for the band. I was in the band throughout middle school, high school, and college. I played the clarinet, bass clarinet, and I also played the tenor sax when I was in 8th grade jazz band. Needless to say music has always played a major role in my life. I was truly a band geek, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. Being in the band provided me with a lot of experiences and just gave me a sense of belonging. Being in the band is about being a part of something bigger than yourself because when one person messes up it affects the whole unit and one person’s success again affects the whole band. We all had to work together. That’s one benefit of being in then band. You learn about true teamwork. Teamwork is one of the most important things about being in the band. Also, going back to what I said earlier I’ve also been able to experience I never would have if it wasn’t for being in band. Being a part of my high school marching band I was able to perform in the Georgia Dome (home of the Atlanta Falcons) TWICE. I have been in numerous parades and more importantly being in the band gives you that sense of family. If you’re going to be in the band you’re most likely going to spend more time with your band mates than your actual family because you have after school practices, weekend competitions, and fundraisers but it was the most fun that I ever had. One of the things I do credit towards the band is my appreciation for all types of music. I have such a love for music and I really believe that being in the band for all of my school career has helped with that because being in the band you’re exposed to different types of music. Band will always hold a special place in my heart.