A day in the life: Blue Thunder Marching Band

Hours upon hours of practice are spent every week rehearsing for field shows and competitions. Blue Thunder Marching Band trumpet player senior Jacqueline Gonzalez showed us the typical workout and practice routine through her point of view.

Q: What is your history with trumpet?

Gonzalez: “I was always interested in music. I remember in middle school when band was offered. I always wanted to join but my family couldn’t really afford it for me. So the following year, in seventh grade, my parents said ‘We’ll let you join band. We have enough money. What instrument do you want to play?’. So I chose flute. I played that up until the end of eighth grade. When I came from Suzanne to the high school marching band, then I realized it was lame marching around with a flute. I kind of want something a little more – not manly, but not too girly. My whole family on my dad’s side and a little bit on my mom’s side used to be in marching band and they played brass instruments. So my dad had a trumpet and he loaned it to me. I used to march with his trumpet and then I started learning so my dad helped me a lot.”

Q: How has being in band allowed you to grow as a person?

Gonzalez: “I’m more disciplined now. I take any advice that anyone else would think as hurtful to them. I take it in and I build myself on it. It’s constructive criticism and I take it very well, I don’t get hurt from it. I’m super responsible [and] focused. Being in band, you need to be really focused on what you’re doing. Now that helps me stay focused in class, school or work.”

Q: How has your point of view changed from freshmen to senior year?

Gonzalez: “Freshman year I was kind of clueless. I sort of went with the flow with what everyone else was doing. Now, senior year I sort of know when everything is happening and I help guide the freshmen now because I know what it was like. It’s a lot different from freshman year than senior year and everyone who is in band will say the same thing – it’s a lot different.”

Q: How have you worked to get where you are now?

Gonzalez: “A lot of practice. I practice my music at home because I have my own instrument at home. In tutorial, I go to the band room and I always practice my music. When we have our practices and we go back to each set [to do] over and over, if I have something to fix, I fix that from the previous set that we did and make it better.”

Q: What do you plan on doing with music in the future?

Gonzalez: “Influence other people. If I have kids in the future I would want to introduce it to them. I wouldn’t want to force them to join marching band. I would want to tell them about my experience in it.”

Q: What advice would you pass down to future band members?

Gonzalez: “Band will always be the best your freshman year. If you want to stay like that, you have to keep all the traditions going from freshmen to sophomore year. Don’t let anything die down; that’s why a lot of seniors say only freshmen year was the best. Your senior year can be the best if you keep it that way.”

Compiled by Tech team and Airi Gonzalez

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