Picture the band room, filled with tension. Everyone is on the edge of their seats. No one whispers a word as Mrs.Wenisch stands up to say those words you so desperately want to hear: your name. She opens her mouth to speak and those few seconds feel like centuries. They drag on and on. She says a name. Then another. Then yours. You can hardly hear her finish as your heart is beating wildly with excitement, almost jumping out of your chest. Everyone congratulates you throughout the day, but you’ll be too joyous to hear many of them. You made it.
This is how three students felt as their names were called upon to be part of the All State Band. Jonathan Wenisch(8th, third year), Samuel Kampshoff(7th, first year), and Damien Magnuson(6th, first year) were all accepted this year, through lots of practice and hard work with the aid of Mrs.Wenisch. I interviewed all of them to see exactly what it took for them to achieve this amazing goal.
All State Band is a gathering of the best people throughout the state, bandwise, getting together to play at a concert. It will be held in the Huron High School, and the concert will be at their theater (dates are not yet secured). To be able to participate in All State, you have to audition, which takes a ton of hard work, stress, and LOTS OF PRACTICING!
|Damien, Jon, and Sam|
“One day in band… we were handed a clipboard to sign our name on,” Samuel says, when asked how he signed up.
“Mrs.Wenisch asked one day if I wanted to try out and I said ok. I had to practice a lot and I gave it all I had. It was a great experience and I hope I get to do it again,” says Damien.
“Anyone could do it, if they had the guts to,” Jonathan recalled, “It took hard work and we auditioned to some really weird and random songs. Practicing was very hard [with my schedule] and I practiced at least 150 minutes a week, and about forty-five a day!”
“It was really hard and stressful. I practiced easily over 100 minutes a week, twenty to thirty a day,” Samuel said, “Last year [6th grade] I participated for a few weeks and I was behind. I ended up being way too busy, and ended up dropping out. It can happen to anyone so don’t feel bad if you did.”
“When she said my name I was very happy and excited. It was very difficult. I think whoever practices and tries their hardest can make it,” Damien said.
Having been in All State for three years is a huge accomplishment, and Jonathan did just that this year. “I’m glad I got in and I’m really happy the stress is over. There were a lot of sleepless nights [where I sat and worried],” Jonathan said.
“The main purpose is to take the kids who “qualify/earn the right” to build on musical experiences to be better leaders,” Mrs.Wenisch says, “They didn’t procrastinate and did tons of hours of practice. I just want everyone who tried to keep in mind where they started and to look back to see how far they’ve come and look at the learning process. They learned to believe in themselves. We had eight others who put in time and effort. They may not have been selected, but they’re still stars in my mind! Take small steps and keep progressing.”
Everyone is encouraged to try out next year, and keep working until you get there. Every person there learned a ton, weather it was through the many scales, or just learning to not stop when you play. Keep trying, and eventually you’ll end up where you want to be!