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September 2009
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Things to say in band on Monday

We've told you lots of little rules we operate by - we don't smoke or swear in our uniforms, all that - but we haven't really explained why. This is why.

When you put on your uniform, it means you have earned it. I think you have earned it; you have showed up to band willing to be as good as you can be and willing to work hard to get better. You are willing to work to keep that uniform. But the pride that is in that uniform isn't your work alone. There are no one-person bands. When you put on your uniform, you are everyone who has ever passed through this band program. You are Keith King Anderson and Prof. House. You are David Holsinger and Claude T. Smith. You are Will and Sarah Wehrman and Anna and me.

Somehow I went from being a freshman who couldn't believe she had signed up to be in a band that would have lost to her high school at a marching competition, to a senior who is fiercely proud to have put three years into a program that will be celebrating its hundredth anniversary soon. I don't know how it happened, but I want you to have the chance to figure that out in your own life. And when you're the one who is getting ready to march their last Band Day, I want you to be proud of what you've put in instead of looking back and wishing you could do it over again, instead of saying "Gee, I wish I hadn't spent so much time dicking around."

If I've been a jerk about this, I'm sorry. I snapped at Chase at the game other day, and I shouldn't have. But someday, I want this band to mean as much to you as it does to me.