Band Members Only

Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (approx. 250)

I scan the room, brightly decorated with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, three trumpets, a keyboard, and a karaoke machine. Above it all sits a black and yellow poster bearing the phrase “Band Members Only.” The corner in which the musical instruments lie is where I find most of my free time; it has become a sanctuary of peace, where after a long day at school I can look forward to spending quality time jamming to "Sweet Child O’ Mine" or "Stairway to Heaven." Whether I am improvising with friends or playing the trumpet in my school’s Symphonic Band, I love being a part of the musical community.

My interest in musical instruments first started when I began playing the trumpet way back in the second grade. Ever since then, I have grown into a more profound musician. What first felt like an impossible feat of memory and coordination all those years ago became a daily joy. Now, as I play in the symphonic band every day, I look forward to rejoicing with my fellow trumpeters because we have become a family; they are my best friends and my worst enemies. We laugh and cry, win and lose, try and fail together. As a senior I have grown into a position of trust; I have the opportunity to lead and inspire the trumpet section as...

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