My musical past

by Ginger on October 16, 2008

in Becoming Myself

Alright internet, I’m going to admit to something that may make a few of you giggle. May make you laugh. May brand me an outcast forever in your eyes. But for a lot of my stories about the past (and the future) to make sense, you must know this about me.

I mentioned in one of my posts a few weeks ago the importance of music in my life. As a 20 something, I’m sure I’m not alone in that feeling, but I can say honestly that music has made me who I am.

More specifically, music programs.

Ok, fine, band. Specifically, marching band (though I will admit to some concert band shenanigans in junior high and high school as well). Yes internet, I was a band geek and honestly, I would do it all again in a second.

See, you might find this hard to believe, but I was a really shy kid. Painfully shy. So shy that I can count on two hands the number of friends I had from elementary school through my sophomore year of high school. That was the year that my brand spanking new high school started the marching band. And that’s when I started to change.

I did colorguard in both the marching band and as a spring program (winterguard) from my sophomore year of high school, all through my four years of college, with a summer spent touring the country with a drum corps. I was put in leadership positions, in solo performance roles, dear god I even taught other colorguards for 5 years. Most of my real world friends came from band or guard. Every single serious boyfriend I had came from band (I had a thing for drummers and brass players). And yes, I met my husband through band.

I was lucky enough to be in some amazing programs. Programs that challenged me physically and mentally (rather than gaining the freshman 15, I think I lost that much or more my first year of college!). Programs that built my social skills along with my performance skills. Programs that allowed me to travel and meet people from around the country. Programs that pushed me to be, not just the best I thought I could be, but the best that my instructors KNEW I could be. Programs that shoved me outside my comfort level but that gave me a better sense of myself.

I learned leadership, determination, time-management, and responsibility. I learned how to manage people. I learned diplomacy and tact. I learned so much more than marching, rhythm, and tempo that I know without a shadow of a doubt that I wouldn’t be the same person today without the benefit of those programs. I learned to be a confident person, and while I still have some wall-flower tendencies, that painfully shy girl of my childhood is gone.

Yes, internet, I was a band geek. And while I know the cultural jokes that surround those words(trust me, I’ve lived it, I know those jokes)–I’ve always been proud of my background, and what it gave me.

Tough Girl Kat October 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm

What’s wrong with band? I was into musical theater. I think i’m right there with you on the geekdom scale

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