As I’ve mentioned before, this my ageout year with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps; meaning, I’m 21 and it’s my last eligible year to march. This year is extra special because I have the privilege of being the mellophone section leader. With this leadership position comes the responsibilities of being a prime example of what it means to be a Colt, making sure the mello section is the best we can possibly be, and ensuring that everyone has a great season. After five years of experience with the organization, I am very excited for this opportunity.
We are currently still in pre-season mode, so we have only had one rehearsal weekend per month. Because of the very limited amount of time together thus far, there hasn’t been a whole lot of opportunity to get to know everyone in the section, other than the basics – name, where you’re from, etc. I’ve had the chance to chat with a particular individual from my section, though, who I am quite excited to see grow through the activity this summer.
He explained to me that he doesn’t feel like he has a lot of confidence, and that he hopes drum corps will help.
Well, he has certainly come to the right place. Like any musical activity, drum corps provides an atmosphere that is challenging and can make you uncomfortable in the most comfortable way. It’s a chance to stretch yourself – physically, mentally, and emotionally – in a safe environment because everybody else is doing it, too. Simple example: The instructor is going down the line, making everyone play a difficult music segment individually. You’re nervous as hell because you don’t want to mess up and look silly in front of your instructor and peers. But so is everyone else. And then you play it perfectly. Bam. Confidence boost.
Music is all about setting out to do something that doesn’t quite seem possible at first. You challenge yourself. You disappoint yourself. You surprise yourself. You learn to be very honest with yourself and accept the criticism with the praise.
My goal is that this person in my section will experience all of that this summer. He’s going to be challenged. He’s going to feel discouraged. He’s going to learn to be honest with himself. But he is also going to surprise himself with success. He is going to do all of this with 149 other people doing the exact same thing. What better way to build self-esteem?
I can’t wait to see this kid be the best one on the field.
“Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach
Ever had a time through music where you surprised yourself with how successful you were? Or maybe you failed, but took it as an opportunity to reflect and try again? Feel free to share!