What has been your proudest moment to date?
If I had to choose, my proudest moment would have to be winning the best percussion award at Harvest Festival in 2006. The Harvest Festival is a marching band competition that is known to be one of the, if not the largest marching band competition in Eastern Washington. In 2006, I arranged the percussion parts to the show after moving to Yakima and being new student at the school in 2005. When I arrived in Yakima from Kennewick, my talents were quickly seen and I became drumline section leader. In 2006, the drumline was composed of many different people. The bass-drum line was composed of mostly clarinet players that have never marched a drum before. The season was long but great, and I developed lasting relationships with my fellow drumline members.
Winning the best percussion award meant a lot to me because I was able to show my fellow friends, West Valley High School, and Yakima in general that anything is possible with practice and dedication. Also, I had been involved in marching band all through high school and never won this award. This was my first marching season with the West Valley High School Band and I was able to bring them an award with my arrangements and leadership. You can see the music to these winning arrangements here: Portfolio