There are many reasons why I would like to be considered to be the frontline ensemble section leader. This coming year will be my third year in the CYHS Marching Band and I would be honored to lead other percussionists in the frontline ensemble. I am involved in many ensembles including Symphonic band, concert chorus, CYHS Celebration, CYHS Musicals, York County Honors Choir, and many church choirs. Music is a huge part of my life and is my passion. I have recently been looking at different college options and as of now I plan to continue my music career by majoring in music therapy in college. This way I can combine my passion for music with my interest in communicating and helping others.
I believe I would be a qualified section leader because much of my life has been devoted to music. My music education started when I was 6 years old and began taking piano lessons and continued taking lessons for 8 more years and hope to continue playing on my own for as long as I am able. I also began playing both the violin and mallet percussion instruments in 4th grade. When I got to high school I decided to focus more on percussion instead of violin. Also, my freshmen year I took advanced music theory as my extra elective besides band and chorus. This course helped me to become a stronger musician by improving many skills such as ear training and music analysis. I believe the opportunity to be frontline ensemble section leader would allow me to share my passion for music with others and allow myself to grow as a musician as well.
Some examples of leadership experience I have gained include working at Rita's Italian Ice and attending multiple mission trips with my youth group. While working at Rita's, the most important attribute I have acquired is communication skills. I believe this is a very important skill for a leader to possess. This ensures that a leader and their members can maintain a positive relationship. Also, for the past three summers I have attended mission trips with my church's youth group at various locations around the country. Again my communication skills were strengthened with these mission trips since we work with a group of teens we have never met from different states. This past year I was the group leader so I was responsible for our group completing all tasks each day and for leading group discussions.
What does band mean to me?
In 1938, Polly Weiser auditioned and became a member of Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens, a group based in Lancaster, PA. Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens traveled and performed at various locations on the east coast and were also a segment during a "talkie" film. Polly Weiser-Foreman is my great-grandmother and also my main inspiration for band. When I was younger and we would go over to her house I would remember going down to her basement and she would play us a song with four mallets on her marimba and I was in awe. After seeing the pure joy on her face as she played, I knew that I wanted to be able to do that and to one day be as good as she was. When she got older and wasn't able to play as well she recognized the passion I had for music and asked me to take home her cherished marimba so I could learn and have an instrument to play anytime I wanted to. Fortunately, she was able to come to our house and hear me play on her marimba before she passed away in 2012. My great-grandmother was my inspiration to start playing mallet percussion in band and continues to be my inspiration today.
Reg Kehoe and his Marimba Queens in the "talkie" film titled, "A Study in Brown"