"Heres to the kids who care more about music notes on a piece of paper, then anything else in the world."
"When you first join band, it may seem a little pointless. It’s the second month of your first year of middle school and you can only think “It’s been 5 weeks already and I can only play 7 notes. What’s the point?” You might not see the point now, but do not quit. You will get better, you will learn more notes. And before you know it, it’s a year and a half later and you’re going to your first MPA. You’ve spent hours and hours preparing for this. You are nervous, but do not quit. You are ready. You’ll walk out of the sight reading room drenched in sweat, legs shaking from the anxiety, short of breath, feeling like you’re about to collapse, but you wouldn’t trade it for the world. Two months later and you sit in your room crying because that excerpt from your concert music that you’ve been trying to get right for 2 hours just does not make sense. But do not quit. Someday this piece that you cry over will be your warm up. Flash forward two more years and you’re at your first football game. As you play the last note of your last movement, you get chills all over your arms. “Amazing,” is all you can think. The crowd goes insane. This is what you live for now.
There will be times when you feel like this sort of hobby you have come to love is too hard. You will think it’s tiring and difficult. There might even be times when you want to give up, because the song you’re working on just doesn’t speak to you like everyone says it should.
But do not quit, because in the end, it’ll be worth it. I promise."