Springtime at the high school is bittersweet. The students are reaching their peaks as performers while the seniors are on a fast sprint towards graduation. The spring offers the seniors another chance to recognize and show their appreciation and love for their parents who support them through thick and thin. The rose ceremony at the last concert is always a special event as our seniors walk out into the audience to find their Moms and Dads.
Examples of students reaching their best levels of playing are abundant at this time of year. The undergraduates are thinking already about next year and many of them are planning enriching musical activities for their summer vacations. It is tryout season for next year's drum majors, field commanders, guard, majorettes, and drum line members. The fall show has been selected and now we anticipate the challenges of putting the show on the field and the joy it will provide us and our audiences.
As 2013-2014 winds down, I think of all people, young and old, who are a part of my daily life with the band. As my family and friends know, I do not call what I do each day "work". For me, I am going to school. To teach. To learn. All through the feelings and the power of music.