Kinley Ragan

Like many newcomers my freshmen year at Sandra Day O'Connor, I had no idea what to expect. I was coming from an out of district school, had no idea who anybody was at my new high school, and I was unsure of what I wanted to do. Then I was introduced to the idea of Marching Band. I decided I wanted to join the Color Guard team, and my life has changed drastically because of that. Immediately, I was not as nervous about my first day of school, about making new friends, or about getting lost on campus, because I knew that my 150 new friends, whether they were a freshmen or a senior, would help me throughout the day. And they did.

Marching Band is so much more than it appears. It is a family! My Marching Band family has inspired me to be the best that I can be and has supported me in reaching my goals. It has taught me to be a leader, to build lasting relationships, and above all to work hard but to have a blast while doing it! Band is all about accepting others for who they are and laughing together when we fall flat on our face on the field. It has taught me to HAVE FUN! I have learned to LOVE what I do, to take pride in who I am, and to work hard at something. Marching Band is the best experience! Before band I have never worked so hard yet had so much fun at the same time. It truly is a place that supports who you are and what you want to be.

The friends that you make in Marching Band will always be there for you! They will always be trying to make you smile on your worst days. These friends will be whatever you need them to be, whether it is a listener, a supporter, a tutor, a mentor, or just a best friend. Overall, I am more than happy with the choice I made in joining Marching Band. It has shaped me to be the person that I am today, and without it, well to be honest, I would not have a lunch table to sit at during lunch. But in all seriousness it takes dedication and hard work but is the most rewarding program offered. Marching Band will be the memories that you cherish most in high school.


Katie Russell

Before high school, I was not even planning on doing band. This was until I got talked into it last minute. I remember being really nervous about the fact that I had to march, so I tried practicing playing my saxophone while walking in my living room. Needless to say, I have quite a few dents on that alto.

Looking back on that decision, I must say that I feel so lucky to be a part of an organization like this. This marching band is most definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Its hard to describe the rush you get after a performance, because its different for everyone and its unlike any feeling you've experienced before. Although I can't describe it, that feeling is what inspires me to keep going. Only marching band made me realize that I love performing. When we perform, we don't just play music; we tell stories, and illustrate feelings. We are all part of something bigger than the music. Marching band really is so much more than the shows we put on. It may be the oldest cliché in the book but we really are a family. Its this family-oriented atmosphere that I attribute a good majority of our success. This is the time where you meet 150 people just like you. 150 people that want to see you do well. 150 best friends.

We, as a marching band, excel at what we do. This family works hard for the standing ovations we receive. We put in 110% at every practice. We are practicing before school and after school roughly 16 hours per week. Early mornings. Late nights. Sectionals that run over time. Minimal water breaks. And yet, we live for this. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.