In attempting to describe the significance that playing the trumpet has had on my life so far, I found it only fitting to include an abridged and updated of my college application essay. Playing the trumpet was not only a hobby but a key piece of my identity and an instrument (pun intended) used to become the person I am today. This edition is found below.
The lights glared down at me, blinding my vision to the boisterous throng of observers. My heart boomed with the taunting drums behind me. My breath, enervated from trepidation, abated, while my body quivered. It was coming up. I took four steps forward, absorbing the energy of the stadium, and took a deep breath. I released my tension as the rest of the marching band ceased playing, beginning my first trumpet solo in a full stadium. Everything else became a blur. From the first note to the last, it was just me, playing my heart out on a Friday night. After that halftime performance ended, I was immediately bombarded by my jubilant friends congratulating me on my success. This was my sophomore year. It was one of my most memorable moments of high school. However, it came with and was followed by an abundance of hard work, dedication, and commitment that lead to the discovery of myself, my voice, and the woman I aspire to be.
My metamorphosis began in the fifth grade when I made the tenacious decision to play the trumpet rather than following in my family’s footsteps by playing the flute or clarinet. Nevertheless, band was still not something I considered significant until I noticed another trumpet player taking lessons. The raw competitiveness instilled through my many years of athletics engulfed me. I practiced until I caught my director’s attention. These lessons continued through several years and two teachers, with my devotion earning myself first chair by our first placement test, the skills to later become a trumpet tutor, and the foundation to my following success.
My high school career started smoothly. With a talented role model as my section leader and band president, I advanced my musicianship and earned a seemingly impossible third chair. By sophomore year, I was sitting two chairs higher and leading my section. Despite the tribulations of my inexperience, a large, young section, and a constant challenger to my leadership and character, I discovered my confidence and voice.
The following year expanded my growth as a musician, leader, and individual before I decided to run for band president, where I ran fundraisers, organized events, and created a mentoring program for younger band students with high school students all while balancing academics, sports, and other extracurriculars. Conducting the Alma Mater at the conclusion of my graduation ceremony will forever be a moment I will cherish.
Joining the OSU Athletic Band has been interesting experience. Starting over academically in college was something that I was prepared for. Starting over in band was something I was not. However, this has been an exciting fresh start, and when all else fails, I know that life is like trumpet: I have to put something into it to get something beautiful out. I can not wait to see where band will take me here.