Hello there! Chances are if you're reading this, you're wondering why exactly I'm creating a gogetfunding for a band trip! Well honestly, I'm struggling to raise money. However, the reason behind it is so more. I've been in band since I was in sixth grade, like most teenagers have in the US, but I differ in what exactly it has done for me.
I've struggled a lot wth depression and issues with my body for a very long time, extending to the point where I thought it would be best if I wasn't around anymore. And then, my freshmen year of highschool rolled around, and I found myself in band camp. For those of you who were not or are not in band, band camp is a week long training camp to prepare students for what the upcoming months in marching band will be like, features 3-4 hours of marching (beginning at 8 am), a 1 hour lunch, and then 3 more hours of playing.
This activity in my life, along with hanging out with people I had something in common with, improved my mood wonderfully. Mixing that in with the times we placed highly in competitions later on within the season, and just the pleasure of knowjng my band, my family, almost beat a band that went to nationals was...well it was amazing. Marching made me feel like I could actually do something, and the exercise that went with it improved the way I viewed myself.
Marching gave me a a sense of purpose, of belonging, and man did it harden my calves. It gave me bonds with people that I would consider stronger than bonds I have with my family, in fact band became my second family, a place that I could go to and know that no matter what place we finished in, no matter who threw up in their instrument, there was always someone proud of me.
Which leads me back to why I'm here! In March of 2017, my band is taking a trip to Hawaii. We plan to play a few shows while enjoying ourselves. This is not something I want to miss. This is something I'd love to expierence with people I've grown to love. So, thank you so, so much if you take the time to read this and help push a band kid's dream forward.