10 Amazing Things That Marching Band Will Give You Other Than A Farmer's Tan

10 Amazing Things That Marching Band Will Give You Other Than A Farmer's Tan

Marching band will change your life forever.

Participating in marching band can do many things for you. Ultimately, it will end up changing your life forever. I have been in a marching band for six (going on seven) years and it has been the thing I have grown to love the most. It has become who I am and what people know me as. Continuing to participate in marching band throughout college has been the best decision I have ever made. Marching band can provide many things for you, but here are examples of just 10:

1. Lifelong Friends

Marching band will give you a group of friends who will be there for the rest of your life. The bond you create with these people is something so unique. It is hard to explain why, but they end up being the people you hang out with and who you stay up texting late at night. I am always passing friends around campus and it always makes my day better when I'm able to just stop and talk to a person for five minutes, even when I'm late to class.

2. Endless opportunities

Many of the best experiences of my college career have been because of band. I was able to experience the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, a trip to Disney World, and a trip to a March Madness tournament in San Diego, California, all because I am able to march and play an instrument. Marching band, especially in college, will provide you many opportunities that you would otherwise miss out on.

3. Great leadership skills

Through my years in a marching band, I've learned that it's hard not to have leadership skills when you're on the field learning a show with over 350 other people. You have to know what you are doing and how to help those around you to get the performance ready for an audience. These leadership skills will benefit you in all aspects of your life.

4. Time management skills

Especially in college, signing up to be in marching band means that you're also signing up to be busy and to have no free time. At WVU, the band rehearses four days a week for two hours each day. You're never free on the weekends. Even some weeknights, you're completely booked up. You have to be able to get homework done, attend all practices and performances, maintain friendships, and still get a good education. Marching band teaches you how to juggle everything at once and to still love what you are doing.

5. Reasons to attend sporting events

If it wasn't for marching band, I would not attend the sporting events that I do now. I would have no interest in attending every home football game if I wasn't a part of the band. It's not that I don't have school spirit, that environment just isn't for me. Being a part of the marching band gives me the opportunity to experience football games in a different, more friendly environment and I absolutely love that.

6. Support

If you're going through a hard time or just having a bad day, don't you worry. Just go to band practice and you'll be around plenty of other people who care and want you to be happy. The people in the marching band are either going through the same things as you or have been through them already. They are there to support you through everything and it couldn't get any better than that.

7. Therapy sessions

For me, going to band practice lets me relax and let go of my problems. It's hard to explain, but when I'm at practice, I am immediately happy, ready to learn drill, and ready to perfect the show that we're about to perform. I love being with the people who I love the most. In conclusion, if you are having a bad day — do not skip band. Go and get the free therapy session you need.

8. Happiness

It doesn't matter what I have to do or how my day is going — when I'm at band practice, I am automatically a happier and different person. I am able to let go of my problems outside of band. I can be with the people there and accomplish our goal of getting performances ready. It's a huge source of happiness because I love to march, I love to be around the people, and I love the feeling of our hard work coming to life.

9. Great exercise

I don't know about you, but I always feel and look healthier when it's marching band season. I'm forced to be on my feet and walk a lot. I'm getting out of my room and getting a break from homework. Marching band is my workout and when marching season is not in, neither is my exercise. At WVU, we run onto the field for our pregame show, and I can promise that you need to be in shape to run at a tempo of 220 beats per minute and then continue to play your instrument and march.

10. A family

Last but not least, marching band provides you with a FAMILY. The people in marching band are the people that you spend most of your time with. You practice with them, you attend games with them, and you travel with them. After a few weeks of knowing these people, they become your family away from family. They are the ones you bring home on your free weekends, the ones who are always there for a late night adventure, and the ones who are always right by your side through everything.

Marching band is a life-changing opportunity that I would recommend to everyone. It has provided me with a support system, lifelong friends, and a purpose in life.

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12 Things Only Low-Maintenance Girls Understand

I promise we aren’t lazy, just easy going.

Sometimes low-maintenance girls are looked at as lazy or sloppy. But in reality, I think low-maintenance girls are just so confident in who they are that putting in that extra effort isn't important to them.

Here are 12 things that only low-maintenance girls understand:

1. Leggings or sweat pants and a T-shirt is your normal everyday outfit

Why spend the day uncomfortable in some tight jeans or mini skirt when you can lounge around in some comfy clothes? We aren't here to impress anyone, we are just trying to sit back and chill.

2. Makeup is a special occasion

If you catch a low-maintenance girl with makeup on, take it as a compliment. We are trying to touch our face and rub our eyes as much as we'd like without makeup getting in the way. Not to mention, we wouldn't dare spend over $15 on some foundation.

3. We would rather stay in with a movie then go out for the evening

Something low-key and low stress always sounds better than spending the time, and the money, for a night out. I am perfectly content with taking advantage of my $7.99 monthly payment for Netflix.

4. You're always the first one ready

While your friends spend hours doing their hair, makeup and then finding the perfect outfit, you sit around and wait. Your 10 minutes thrown-together-look gives you time to nap while everyone else takes their sweet time.

5. When you say you "don't care what we do," you really don't care

Seriously, a date night off the McDonald's dollar menu is fine by me. I am not expecting you to wine and dine me on a big extravagant evening, I'm just trying to get a Big Mac in my mouth.

6. Your messy bun isn't a fashion statement, it's actually just your hairstyle

We aren't about to spend time curling or straightening our hair everyday. Every day is a good day to throw your hair up into a ponytail or bun.

7. The extent of your jewelry collection is one pair of earrings and maybe a necklace

Who needs more than one pair of earrings? Diamond studs match everything… right?

8. And your shoe collection is even smaller

Should I wear flip-flops or Converse?

9. Shopping isn't exactly your favorite thing to do

Who has patience for finding the perfect designer brands or finding the best fit? I am perfectly content with my T-shirts and leggings. One size fits all.

10. Your favorite gifts are the sentimental ones, not the expensive ones

A homemade card or a small gift that makes someone think of you is forever better and more meaningful than an expensive present. I don't want your money, I just want to know you thought of me.

11. You don't put in the effort to chase after a guy

I'm awesome and I know it. If a guy is worth it enough to be in my life, he can come after me. I am not down for any games or players. Just someone who embraces my low-maintenance qualities.

12. You are always the first person to help someone out

Giving your friends a ride or lending them two dollars isn't a huge deal. Just helping someone out gives you peace of mind. Everyone should have time to help a homie out.

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You Can Tell The Difference Between Momentary Happiness And Deeper Happiness

"At the end of your life, go out with a bruised-up, worn out heart that gave too much and loved too strongly and felt too fiercely. Go out with the certainty that you gave it everything you had and didn't hold anything back". - Heidi Priebe


First level happiness: Momentary

Momentary happiness is waking up early and watching the sunrise. It's the first sip of coffee in the morning. It's a big breakfast before a long day of doing what I love.

Momentary happiness is stepping into the restaurant I love and being surrounded by the people who have watched me grow up these past three years. It's understanding that this thing is about family just as much as it is business. It's falling in love with every early morning and every late night. It's learning that hard work isn't hard if you love what you're doing.

Momentary happiness is hitting a new personal record at the gym. It's that smile plastered across my face every time I enter a team huddle. It's down on one knee, all eyes on me. It's feeling the trust my team has in me. It's the feeling of joy when my number gets called. It's the burning in my lungs because I know that I gave it my everything. It's not being able to move without wincing the next day because the game asked for my hustle and I gave it my heart.

Momentary happiness is the instant you see someone you love and can't help but smile. It's the tight hug between you and someone that means the world to you. It's the weight off your shoulders when you finally express your true feelings. It's holding your breath as you wait for a response. Monetary happiness is being scared but doing it anyway.

Momentary happiness is coming home at night and having your dog jump on you the moment you open the door. It's your parents smiling, knowing you got home safe.

Momentary happiness is driving without a destination and simply reflecting on life. It's taking a step back and allowing myself to be aware of my breathing and existence. It's allowing myself to find pleasure in the little things.

Momentary happiness is getting accepted into college. It's getting that job. It's making the Dean's list. It's acing the test you study so hard for. It's watching your hard work pay off. It's finding your people. It's all the things that make you proud of yourself and happy to be alive.

Momentary happiness was buying my dream car at age 17 without my parents help.

A Deeper Happiness:

A deeper happiness is finding beauty in vulnerability. Not holding back my feelings and telling people how magnificent they are because people don't get told that enough. A deeper happiness is allowing me to feel everything deeply and without explanation. It's finding beauty in the madness and trusting the process.

Life's about getting lost in passion and dedicating myself to the things that matter most. It's wanting success as bad as I want to breathe. It's about taking that jump and seeing if I can land it, and if I don't, it's about being crazy enough to give it one more try. Life's about risking it all even if the outcome is uncertain. A deeper happiness is seeing myself grow into the person I've always wanted to become. Deeper happiness is being able to keep my promises to myself and others.

Life is about being empathetic. Finding out someone's story and attempting to understand their actions. It's about not taking things personally and allowing for second chances, even thirds. It's understanding that not every action needs a reaction. A greater happiness is caring for those around me just as much, if not more, than myself.

Life is embracing hardships and disappointments. Understanding that knowledge comes from experience and disappointments are all apart of the journey. A deeper happiness is understanding that this to shall pass. It's being able to laugh and smile even though things didn't go my way because everything that is meant to be will be. It's understanding that I will be stronger because of my defeats.

A deeper happiness is putting myself in hard situations, situations I know will hurt me. It's helping people get through their hard times. A deeper happiness is being the reason someone smiled. It's being the shoulder to cry on. It's wearing my heart on my sleeve because I would rather feel everything than nothing at all.

A deeper happiness is giving everything I have and being a better person than I was yesterday. Making my friends and family proud but myself prouder. A deeper happiness is leaving my mark on the world. It's about leaving a person, situation, and world better than I found it.

A beautiful, fulfilling life is one that money can't buy.

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