Arroyo High School Band and Colorguard wants YOU to help!
Our school district cut our funds in 2009, leaving us with minimum amount of money to spend on new equipment, repairs to our instruments, and a tight space for 150 to set up. Help us strive to accomplish our goals!
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I joined band in 4th grade because my neighbor, 4 years older than me, pretty much gave me no choice. Since she was the cool “big kid” I willingly picked up flute and began learning with her help. It wasn’t easy at first and I never even thought I’d get to the point where I didn’t need to look at the keys to figure out the notes. It was frustrating, but since I’d tried all the sports and hated them, I knew I had to be part of SOMETHING, and I seemed to be getting the most support and fun out of this particular activity.
Fast forward to right before my freshman year of high school (in other words, the end of 8th grade) when a decision had to be made about doing marching band or not. Marching band is not required for most band students at my school. The only people it is required for is people in the highest band, and since freshman can’t be in the highest band, it’s pretty much completely optional for freshman. The same neighbor I spoke about before was a Senior now and the current section leader of the flute section. She convinced me that I would love it and since she was right the first time, I couldn’t say no.
Now fast forward once again to yesterday. It’s now my senior year, I’m the section leader, and it’s my second to last competition. We just won first place along with four out of the six possible caption awards. My confidence is through the roof, I’m giving millions of hugs to all of my friends who have become my second family, and I just love life. On the way home I’m finding myself thinking, “where would I be if I never decided to join band?” and “even if I did join band, where would my confidence be if I never joined marching band?”. I can tell you one thing, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Did I ever think I’d get section leader? No flipping way. Did I ever think I’d make the top band? Not a chance, but yet I did in middle school AND in high school. I practiced, put in maximum effort, and then the seemingly impossible went to possible and that even turned into accomplishment.
Now I have another choice to make: I’ve just been accepted into the school I want to go to next year. They have a marching band, they have flutes in their marching band, and making the band is not even a question. Should I do it? Well, you know who is already on board with this and has already told me what I should do. She was right the other 2 times. I think it’s pretty much decided. My marching band career is not going to be over in the next couple weeks. There’s going to be at least 4 more years.