Originally written on August 26, 2011
In just a few hours, the Highland High School Marching Band will take the field for this season’s first performance.
My daughter Lauren will be there, starting her fourth and final year as a clarinetist in this award winning band.
It’s a bittersweet day. We’ve watched her and her many “band geek” friends grow and develop over the last few years – into not only amazing musicians, but
into wonderful young adults.
They’ve laughed together, cried together, and celebrated together. These amazing kids start practicing in August. In the 110+ degree heat, and they don’t stop practicing until November. They play at football games, go to competitions, participate in workshops, and practice. And practice more. All in an effort to be the best they can be, often with little support from other students or more sadly, school district administration. They do it for their love of the school, their music, their friends and their art.
This is a truly an incredible and dedicated bunch of young adults.
And virtually without fail, they are good people. They are passionate, fun-loving and well-adjusted. What they’ve learned in band will carry on throughout their lives. Some may never pick up an instrument again, but they take with them the ability to work as a team, to help one another, to feel empathy and compassion for others. And they even learn how to have a little fun along the way.