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The band getting ready to perform their first competition

The band getting ready to perform their first competition

The band getting ready to perform their first competition

Hannah Monks, Staff Writer and Copy Editor

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As I stand on the sideline waiting to march onto the field, I feel a wave of anxiety rush through me. The blood rushing through my veins fills my ears, this is it.

This is what I’ve been practicing for since August.

As the drum major calls attention to the band, I hear the tap of the drum as we start to march to our spots. My emotions are replaced with nothing but the show music playing over and over again in my mind. I say rather loudly to my fellow band mates everything they should remember when marching.

“Don’t forget dynamics. Do not flat foot it, march. Watch the drum majors. Do not rush to your spot, you have time.” When we arrived at our spots, Mr. Hoey called the band to dress. As we fixed our positions on the field, you could feel the tension in every adjustment.

Motionless. The band stood in their spots, looking much like statues. The announcer called the band to take the field.

I took a deep breath and prepared myself for my last first competition of my high school marching band career. As the head drum major, Max Lagasa, counted us off, I prepared myself for the show one last time.

“One, two, one two, ready…” 

I inhaled and the music started. As I marked time in my place, I watched the Drum Major conduct us to the beat of the show music. The notes pounded my fingers as they floated out of my bell in an attempt to be heard. The rhythm from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” played and before I knew it, the first piece was over. Again, we stood motionless as the Drum Majors switched positions, and everyone tried to catch their breath for the next, slow tune.

Our horns were raised to the sky as the Drum Major counted us off. I felt my heels rise from the turf and my toes move backwards for the first move.

The sound danced elegantly out of the bell of my tuba in thick whole notes. The familiar tune of delicate Disney princess songs filled the air around my head as I kept my eyes glued the the Drum Major Dana Santiago.

As the music slowed and the Drum Major cut the band off, I thought about how I marched. Could I have done better? What could be improved? But before I knew it, we were playing the third and last song.

The intensity of “Night on Bald Mountain” sent shivers all through the stadium as the bass part played. The crowd cheered and stomped as we played. The last few notes of our show rang throughout the band and then… there was silence.

As the band marched off the stadium, I felt the wave of satisfaction fill my aching body. We had done it. We performed our first show of the season. And I performed my last first show forever.

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