My Journey Through The Music World BY bear327 Angelique Chatman July 4, 2013 English 111 My Journey Through The World of Music As a young girl, I became a cheerleader for my elementary school.
Because of this, I got the chance to participate in all of the local festivities. Football games, homecoming parades, Christmas parades, etc. That’s when I seen and heard a marching band for the first time.
I didn’t really quite know and understand what it was or what a marching band was all about. I wasn’t even fully sure of what an instrument was, I Just knew that I loved the sound that was coming out of it.Because of my curiosity for marching bands, I enrolled in the band class in middle school when I was in seventh grade. That’s when I began to learn the basics of music. Tone, intonation, different foreign terms such as crescendo, decrescendo, forte, piano, mezzo forte, etc.
I learned the difference between a whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, and the value of each. The more I learned about music, the more I fell in love with it. 2 Eighth grade is when I was first introduced to the flute.
I learned everything about the instrument, inside and out.The names of the different parts, the “keys”, how to assemble it and take it apart. Then I learned the different “fingerings” for the different notes to produce sound.
I sounded a bit rusty at first, as every beginner does, but all it took was hard work, dedication, and practice for me to become a great player. After middle school came high school, where I Joined the Petersburg High School Marching Crimson Wave. Things were a little bit different when I Joined this band. The song arrangements were a little more difficult than what I was used to, and I learned how to play the piccolo.The piccolo is similar to the flute, only smaller in size and higher in pitch which requires you to tighten your embrochure to play. I had to attend band camp, something I had never heard of before.
During band camp, you arrived at the crack of dawn to get in shape for the upcoming band season. Calisthenics, lots of running, marching exercises, etc. Band camp lasted for five days a week for about three weeks. During the course of those three weeks, you are learning and memorizing at least five different pieces of music, learning different maneuvers for the first field show. So much to do in such a short amount of time.By the end of those three weeks, you were ready for your first halftime performance. During my four years of marching for Petersburg High School, I became section leader my first year and held my position all four years. Being section 3 leader was sort of a big responsibility.
I didn’t really know what I was doing, but I got the hang of it. It was a tough Job to handle, but at the end of the day I enjoyed being a leader and helping the people in my section with anything they needed. It also time to graduate. During the Senior Awards Ceremony, I had the honor of being presented the John Phillip Sousa Band Award.The most prestigious band award given based off of musicianship, leadership, and what you brought to the marching band program. It felt so good receiving such an important music award, it was very humbling.
As the years went by, the more my love for music grew. I was always on the computer on YouTube looking at different HBCU college marching bands and the different styles they had. One school in particular stuck out to me, the Virginia State University Marching Trojan Explosion. Once I decided to enroll in VSU, I knew I had to be a part of the marching band and see what it was all about.August came around, it was time for band camp. Band camp in a college marching band was similar to what I had done in high school, only difference is instead of being up for camp at 7:30a. m, we were required to arrive at 5:45 a. m.
Physical training was a little more intense. Running around the entire campus, laps around the track, running up and down the stadium bleachers, ending with calisthenics. Needless to say we were well in 4 shape for the upcoming season.
The music was more technical, but nothing that I couldn’t handle. Long nights, late practices, very little sleep.Never did I think that ollege marching band would be this tough, but I was ready. Suiting up in my band uniform for the first halftime performance was such a great feeling. The rush of adrenaline you get when you step onto that field and you hear that whistle blow by your drum majors. The greatest feeling ever. Our band had the opportunity to participate in the Honda Battle of the Bands in Atlanta, Georgia.
A very exciting experience to be able to perform with seven other HBCU marching bands. We also had a lot of other special performances such as exhibition shows for high school bamd competitions, band battles, etc.You rarely had any social time while trying to balance your classes and being in band. In these last eight years of being involved with music and band, my love for the music world has grown in ways that I cant even put into words. I don’t think anybody knows how much of an impact music has on my life. Whenever I’m feeling down or upset about something, I’ll always turn my music on, or pull out my instrument and start playing to ease my mind. Music is so colorful, it has its own personality. I don’t know what this world would be like without music.
And I really don’t know where I ould be without music.Music is a way of life. 5 I am about to enter my last year marching for Virginia State University.
Being in this band has taught me so much about myself. I have excellent playing skills, but there is always room for improvement. Although this is my last year marching, my playing doesn’t stop here. I will continue to enhance my skills on my instruments and learn to play other instruments as well to broaden my horizon. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to pass my talents down to my kids (if any) and they will have the same love for music as I did.