By Rex Garcia
In the afternoon once school has ended, most students go home, but some artists and athletes stay to improve their performance for the arts and sports. One of these artists, dedicated, happy and passionate, stays long after school to perfect her band work. Senior Noelle Villegas demonstrates consistently that she has what it takes to be a drum leader and advanced member in her band, and especially proves herself beyond school as she is one of the handful of handpicked members of the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, a highly competitive non-profit corporation that aims to improve the lives of the public via the art of marching music.
Before becoming a member of the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps, Villegas would have no idea that she would be one of the eleven people to be accepted to be a part of the drum corps team. She had become one of the mallet percussion players who would play either the marimba or vibraphone and travel to competitions against other drum corps all summer. “I was very nervous and did not expect to get in,” said Villegas, “A lot of people audition and they’re the top open class drum core, but not a lot of people get in.” With this valuable opportunity, she has been able to further embrace her love for band. “I get to spend an entire summer doing something that I am very passionate about and I get to be taught by a lot of really good people. I love it,” expressed Villegas. As she continues to learn from them, her skill and appreciation for band will continue to grow from this honored opportunity to be apart of the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps.
Apart from her new opportunity, being a drum leader allows her to improve her and her bandmates’ skills and be the best role model she can be. “When I was a sophomore, it was really hard for me to understand what’s going on so when the other section leaders would help me. . .it was very helpful,” said Villegas, “I want to help people and help them grow because that’s like how I first started.” When she is not helping her teammates, she is always working to perfect and enjoy her own band music. “I practice one to two hours every day,” explained Villegas, “Technique is very important to me, and having a good attitude and making sure you’re having fun because if other people are not having fun then why are you even there?” As a whole, Villegas’ time in band has ultimately allowed her the pleasure of enjoying her four years in high school. “I know it’s made my whole high school career very memorable and I will always remember it. It’s very fun and you get to meet a lot of cool people here,” Villegas stated. Going forward, the team continues to work on their music, not only growing as a team but also having fun as a family.
Villegas has been a part of band most of her life and still to this day finds great enjoyment in the activity. Looking back at her last days in high school, she can agree with herself that her four years were worth the time. With the Gold Drum and Bugle Corps acceptance already encouraging her to pursue her career in the future, Villegas will continue to find delight in her life as being a part of a band will still be in her capabilities. Whether it is finding something to do or wanting to have fun, there is be bound to be something that will satisfy the life of any individual.
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