Ode to the Band
by Becky Hall for the 2013 Band Seniors
A few years ago you started your journey,
at this very fine institution, our Legend of learning
You chose band, concert, symphonic, or jazz
Some said to yourselves, “I’ll try marching band”.
“They look like they must really be having some fun”
They march and they chant, “crispy bacon, yum, yum, yum, yum”
You marched and you played your flags held high
So often to be quickly followed by a sigh
as a voice from on high rained down from the sky,
STOP! DO IT AGAIN! or GO BACK! or RESET!
And you knew that your water break wasn’t coming just yet.
But you never gave up, you never gave in
you practiced again and again and again
Through freezing wind and scorching sun
You started to think, “this is really not so much fun!”
You challenged each other to be the best you could be
and in the process became a band that everyone wanted to see
Your notes became scales, became riffs and runs
Your music now etude and prelude, symphony and fugue
Crowds gathered together to hear you play
from stadiums and band-shells to city streets near and far
from the school you call home to tropical islands afar
When you entered the stage, the audience whispered,
“This is Legend, they’re good, let’s watch, and listen.”
As it all came together we watched you in awe
to see you so proud, so strong and so tall
We saw you had changed from the children we knew
to young adults that would soon be off to lives and places all new
And although you may think that the end is here
with just a few notes to go, your crescendo is near
think of all you know now that you didn’t know then
before you became part of the Legend Titan Band
Mr. Otis’s coaching will help you succeed,
you’ll have the strength whenever you need!
They say that music stays in your head and triggers old memories you thought had long fled
replaced by life’s more current events instead
So some day in the distance, in some other place and time
When these memories have all but ceased to be
You may hear a piece of music or a count 1! 2! 3!
And you will stand a bit taller and feel a bit prouder
You will replay the command and know the reply,
WHO’S BAND IS THIS? MY BAND!