Another Year Passes By

Last night, our high school’s concert band gave another great concert. We played pieces including Eric Whitacre’s Ghost Train and Sleep, and Divertimento for Winds and Percussion by Roger Cichy. The flute octet performed a lovely arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de Lune, and the woodwind quintet performed Roaring Fork by Eric Ewazen.

The year was a busy one, with two other concerts that we had already given, numerous football games that we played for, and a parade that we have yet to attend. But the last concert of the year is always a special one. It’s the time when we thank our band director for all that she’s done for us. It’s the time when we recognize our Seniors who have been with us for four years and send them off with a heartfelt goodbye. It’s the time when we pat each other on the back and laugh about the mistakes we’ve made.

“Life gives us brief moments with another, but sometimes in those brief moments we get memories that last a lifetime.” This was the quote that our band director chose to share with our Seniors this year. It could not possibly be more true. These brief moments that we share in band every day add up to something greater, something larger than all of us. And when we look back upon these high school years, I think many of us will find that we’re smiling because of a memory from band. I know I sure will.

Whether it be the beauty of the music we play, the skills of the musicians we have, or the dedication of the director that leads us all, our band is comprised of some very special things that make our not-so-little group what it is today. Wherever life may lead us next, be it on separate roads or even opposite paths, we know that the bond created here last night will last within each of us. And that, surely, is the magic of music.

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