Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Friday, September 15, 2006

An Ordinary Life Take Two

When I was young, I did all the normal kid things. I starting dancing at age three, and I started playing softball and soccer when I was five. I played with barbies and I loved to watch cartoons. But there was one thing missing.
My mom sang in the church choir for as long as I remember. I would live for Thursday when I could go to practice with her. I loved being there and hearing the music.
Finally, in third grade I started taking piano lessons from a lady from my church. It was great for awhile, but eventually I wanted more. I went to a private school, so we didn't have band or orchestra, but my mom had a clarinet, and in fifth grade, after a while of me scaring the animals with my squeeks and squawks, she asked her friend's daughter to teach me. I loved it from day one!
Elementary school came to an end and my parents sat me down and told me I had three choices- I could continue with sports, dance, or music. The choice came easily, I had to go on with music. So I enrolled in public middle school and joined band and choir for the first time in my life. Half way through the year my friend convinced me to start cello, and after the first playing test I seated first chair, ahead of people who had been playing for years, but all obviously hated it. I did my thing for awhile, joined jazz band to play piano in 7th grade, and continued on with that and all three ensembles until I was done with middle school.
When it came time to try out for marching band, it just kind of seemed like it was already set in stone. I had been planning on it, along with my parents, so I tried out and got in. It was probably the best choice of my life. I had a whole new group of friends before highschool even started. We bonded quickly and it was like we had always been friends.
Freshman year started and I joined orchestra, chamber orchestra, jazz band, and pep band. Marching season ended and I was one of a few freshman placed into our highest band. We travelled to Florida and got to march down Main Street in a Disney World parade. It was one of the most amazing experiences in my life, seeing the castle in front of you and knowing all these people are watching I you. At the end of freshman year I was selected for pit orchestra, which meant I was now in all the ensembles I could possibly be in. I was THE band geek. But it didn't bother me. People would call me one, and I would say "Yeah, so?". I had found my passion.
I continued on with all my music through highschool. I went through some private teachers in the area, eventually quit taking piano lessons, taught myself saxophone and bass, and then it was time to select a college.
I knew I wanted to continue with music, but I had no clue where. Luckily, I did know that I did not want to be more than 4 hours from home and that I wanted to study music business. I did some research and found there was really only five or six colleges that fit that criteria. I had three in mind-University of Evansville, Elmhurst College, and Millikin University. I visited all three and was set on Evansville. I was going there, no doubt about it. Then one day my mom asked why I never looked at DePauw University, since they sent me mail about five days a week. I said I didn't know and so she decided we should just go look at it and I could just use it for a practice audition if nothing else. Well, obviously, my visit changed my mind, and here I am.
I have led a pretty ordinary life. I haven't studied with any famous concertmasters or recorded with anyone from an amazing band. But all the same I am here for the same reason as everyone else. Music is my life, and I can't imagine doing anything other than continue with it.

First Draft


At 9/15/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Nat said...

you got to play at disney world! no fair! I love disney world. how do all the ensembles you were in in high school compare to just being in one or two here?

At 9/16/2006 10:52 AM, Blogger Renee said...

hola chica... "Marching season ended and I was one of a few freshman placed into our highest band. We travelled to Florida and got to march down Main Street in a Disney World parade."

This part is a little confusing because it just seems out of order. Maybe switch them around? Or, if you marched out of marching season then clarify. :)

At 9/16/2006 10:54 AM, Blogger Renee said...

What did DePauw have to offer that Evansville didn't?

At 9/17/2006 2:28 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

I think it's really cool that you like being THE band geek =) I'm glad you had so much fun with all the different ensembles in high school. I'm with Renee, what changed your mind and made you want to come to DePauw?

At 9/17/2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Emily Rose said...

I'm glad someone else had their college search change their musicianship hehe. I agree with Renee though, I would like to see you expand more about your decision. I think the organization and comprehension will be clear when you go into more detail.

At 9/17/2006 7:54 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Your last sentence is perfect! I feel the same way. Just because you haven't had the same exposure as others doesn't make you any less worth while. Great Work!

At 9/17/2006 8:36 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

I like the whole thing where your mom sang and then you picked it up. I wish I had that sort of thing going on with my mom, but I don't like the clarinet in that way. Nice. Now, the college thing is kinda wierd. I'll have you tell me about it later.

At 9/17/2006 11:30 PM, Blogger Vera Lynn Waters said...

hey, i love your last sentence. that's exactly how i feel. anywho, my only bit of advice would be to organize everything a little more. i got a little confused. but other than that, great job.


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