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Sweat dripping down my face and butterflies fluttering around my stomach as if it was the Garden of Eden I took in a deep breathe and asked myself Why am I so nervous After all it is just the most exciting day of my life When the judges announced for the Parsippany Hills High School Marching Band to commence its show my mind blanked out and I was on the verge of losing sanity Giants Stadium engulfed me and as I pointed my instrument up to the judges stand I gathered my thoughts and placed my mouth into the ice-cold mouthpiece of the contrabass Ready or not I beamed here comes the best show you will ever behold There is no word to describe the feeling I obtain through music However there is no word to describe the pain I suffer through in order to be the best in the band either When I switched my instrument to tuba from flute in seventh grade little did I know the difference it would make in the four years of high school I was soon to experience I joined marching band in ninth grade as my ongoing love for music waxed When my instructor placed the 30 lb sousaphone on my shoulder on the first day I lost my balance and would have fallen had my friends not made the effort to catch me During practices I always attempted to ease the discomfort as the sousaphone cut through my collar bone but eventually my shoulder started to agonize and bleed under the pressure My endurance and my effort to play the best show without complaining about the weight paid off when I received the award for Rookie of the Year For the next three seasons of band practice the ache and toil continued Whenever the band had practice followed by a football game and then a competition my brain would blur from fatigue and my
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