More Than “Just Enough”

We live during a time in the world when doing just enough is considered not only acceptable, but also a mark of achievement and success.

Well … not me. Instead, I ask these questions:

“What’s next?”
“How can we get better?”
“What other experiences can I provide others?”
“What other adventures are out there?”

These are the questions I ask myself regularly. Although, if I were a stronger person, I would ask them daily, but I have to take baby steps because I am not there just yet.

Right now, I am so thrilled that our university band concert went extremely well last night. We had an amazing audience, and the campus news was there to do a story and to film our performance. I am absolutely loving the fact that we also honored all our veterans during the “Veterans Salute” song. I love this because there is a buzz in the air again: A buzz that starts with a whisper but builds to a scream. A buzz that says:

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Go beyond doing just enough and see where life takes you!

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Does this accomplishment mean more work for me? Heck yes! And I am looking very much forward to what we have in store next.

Although, one of the perks of being a college music major are the unexpected opportunities that are provided to me and my colleagues, or as I like to say:

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Providing positive experiences that we would never have if not for music.

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Not to mention: I came across this post in my Facebook news feed a few moments ago. Instead of having him make it a public post, I asked if I could share what he wrote and I decided this post might be just the place to do so.  He sums it up so perfectly.  Isaiah played percussion with me years ago together. His words resonate.

Please give it a read, especially if you are an alumni of any college music program because I too, would love to see more people “come home!”

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When I was a student, we did not interact much with the alumni or community members or check out what was happening in their lives. We saw them as a bunch of older folks who were just trying to relive their glory days of their youth.

The culture has changed so much since then. There is a bond amongst the alumni, community members and current members of any musical group. There is a sense of mutual respect and appreciation for one another. The vibe is very much along the lines of “If you played a drum, carried a cymbal, or blew an instrument, then you are one of us.”

A handful of people in the band knew me (and still know me) by name, have connected with me through Facebook, have come up with a nickname for me, and somehow know that I did a year with a professional symphony orchestra when I was their age. It’s completely different than when I was part of the band, and that is why I try to make point to participate in groups every year and hope to do so for years to come.

It is not just the wonderful community members and alumni people in band that have become friendly with me, the current members have as well lately. And that is why I do this and encourage any other alumni (regardless of whether you are a former music student or not) to do the same with whatever you are affiliated with. You do not have to play music, but come out, check it out, and get involved.

It may just change your life, like it has changed mine and everyone involved.

 

And it really looks as if we all are about to embark on the possibility of more positive experiences that – if not for band – we would do just enough to get by.

I am so proud to be a music student. It has indeed changed my life, who I am and has made me a better person over most other disciplines. I love band. And as I always say, you have to experience it in order to “get it.”

We had a great show!! Good work team.

 

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