People everywhere go through many different experiences in their lives that they expect to have a certain outcome or effect on themselves. These experiences can either be good, bad, or a little of both. Every experience affects a person in some way, shape, or form. Many aspects of my life have influenced my personality and the way that I live. Fracturing my thumb and wrist dramatically influenced my life. It began simply by playing the instrument I cherish most, and result in not being able to play drums or march for several months, watching the inaugural season drift away. This experience seriously affected my life, yet still managed to make me a better person and musician.

Midway through my junior year in high school, the winter percussion season began. All year everything was going well; my year always got better knowing that the percussion season had started. This was my first year being a part of an indoor percussion ensemble. Of course, I worked hard all summer during marching band season to make it my best year yet. A few months into the winter season we were scheduled to perform at the premiere competition. On that hot Saturday, we traveled half an hour to perform. For me, the car ride to John I. Leonard High School was one that I’d never forget. Little did I know that it would be my last for the season.

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After a half an hour car ride, we arrived at John I. Leonard. There was an hour left before it was time to perform and everyone in the ensemble was excited to play the entire show for the first time in front of an audience. As the sun was setting, our ensemble was beginning to move the equipment to the gate. As usual, I started to get everyone hyped up for the performance by singing our “hype” song. In the past few years playing percussion instruments, I had to earn my spot on marimba. Playing marimba in a percussion ensemble was my goal from the start of my freshman year. Finally, during my junior year, I achieved what…

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