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 know if it had to do with the sleek look of the instrument 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.