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Meet two of our Color Guard members

 

Kylie Fleck (freshman)

Why did you choose Color Guard?

…. because my sister started teaching me flag in 7th grade and I thought it might be fun.

 

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from taking Color Guard?

…that if you don’t work as a team you’ll never get to where you want to be.

 

What moment will you remember most from your time in CG?

I’m not really sure because it’s my first year but I will definitely remember making final at Denton and experiencing that with all my friends.

 

What are you excited about for CG for next year?

I’m excited about our marching show next year and I’m hoping I will be challenged and I hope I get to do weapon.

 

Who do you admire?

I admire my older sister because even though she’s not doing guard next year she still practices at home and gives it her all.

 

What’s your favorite music?

Country and pop or maybe a mix specifically Dan + Shay

 

 

Kenny Tan (senior)

Why did you choose Color Guard?

I chose to do color guard because ever since my freshman year when I saw the color guard perform for the first time I was mesmerized by how beautifully the different types of equipment and the body move in correlation to each other. I soon realized that color guard is not something that you can pick up in a day and I really enjoy the challenges that I have to face in this activity and since then I fell in love with the activity.

 

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from taking CG?

The most important thing that I learned in color guard is patience and that making mistakes is okay. Before I joined color guard I was the most impatient person in the world. But I learned that it takes a lot of time to learn a certain skill and be consistent in it. I also learned that making mistakes is okay, it’s just how you react to the mistake that is important to the outcome of everything else that comes after it.

 

What moment will you remember most from your time in CG?

The most memorable moment of my time being in color guard was the day of my first winter guard competition. I was extremely nervous and I was panicking the whole day. Luckily, I had my friends on the team there to support me. When it was time to perform, I had a pretty decent run, until it came to my solo toss and I nearly hit the announcer.

 

What will you do next year?

I am planning on going to school to be a PTA and I’m hoping to come back and tech for the Clements color guard and maybe join DCI and WGI groups.

 

Who do you admire?

The one person I really admire is Coach Martin. I admire his love and passion for this activity. I hope to be like him one day and be able to lead my own color guard.

 

What’s your favorite music?

I’ll listen to anything.

Why should I do Band in High School?

Benefits of Being in Band

Family

 Band provides another environment and family atmosphere for band members to lean on.

For our underclassmen, there are many upperclassmen to learn from who have been through what they will experience. For our upperclassmen, they will learn to develop leadership skills and give back to others in the way someone gave to them.

 

Camaraderie in the joy of music making

While the band members and staff do work hard, we also enjoy one another’s company on a daily basis, making great music and enjoying sharing our musical gifts with others.

 Our primary goal as musicians is to entertain and share great music with our parents, alumni, and community. Whether playing stand tunes at the football game to fire up the team and the crowd or performing our unique and high-energy competitive show at half time or contests, or jamming out with our jazz bands or percussion ensembles, or sharing passionate and sophisticated literature through our concert bands, there is no end to the wonderful music that we enjoy with one another. We strive to perform at the highest level.

 

Self Confidence

Band affords its members to benefit enormously from participating on a team that breeds excellence.  

All of the students are a part of the greater whole. We experience success and failure together. Most importantly, our band students can take pride in knowing that they contributed to something greater then he or she could do on their own. Band also provides our members with a model of excellence that can boost their confidence in their own abilities in other classes or activities. Band members will learn they really can accomplish goals with a clear plan and a high level of discipline and will be able to tackle other projects outside of band with direction and purpose.

 

Commitment

Band teaches the ability to practice and learn follow through.

“Doing what I say I will do, when I say I will do it”

Band members learn by committing to a practice schedule, accepting responsibility to complete a task and making a promise to their teammates to see a task through to its conclusion. Participation in a team sport, and sticking it out when it isn’t always fun or the rewards aren’t always tangible in the moment, is a lesson that benefits band members far beyond the music classroom.

 

Discipline

 Long rehearsals, memorize drill, memorize music, “Early is on time; on time is late”, manners and respect

 The discipline you experience and practice through band (long rehearsals, being on time, memorizing music) is a foundation for discipline later:  through college, the workplace, and as a parent. Students represent both the school and community when at performances and competitions. Our band is expected to be respectful in all situations, from rehearsals, to football games, to competitions.

 

Conflict Resolution

Band members will face conflict in their lives within their families, with friends, and will also have to learn how to deal and work with people they just plainly don’t like.

 With 100+ members on the team, conflicts are bound to happen. Learning to work through these challenges is a unique opportunity posed through participating in a large team sport.

Band members will not just “learn concepts” of conflict resolution, but will practice them

through the course of their season. They will gain valuable coping skills both in learning how to

“blow off steam” productively and also in how to resolve disputes as they arise.

 

Prioritizing

Facebook, social media, television, and other activities are often more fun than the “to do” list.

Band will help its members learn the importance of giving up unnecessary distractions and prioritizing. Time management experience will serve them well throughout their life.

 

Life is not fair or always fun

Despite our best efforts, sometimes life isn’t fair and it isn’t always fun. Learning how to handle disappointments as well as developing systems for dealing with disappointment is an important part of being in band.

Learning how to handle disappointments as well as developing systems for dealing with disappointment is an important part of being in band. We won’t win every competition. Band members won’t win every chair test, and sometimes they will do everything to the best of their ability and things still won’t go their way. Learning how to bounce back from these disappointments will benefit them in the long run.

 

There is always a “Brighter Star”

No matter how good you are, there is almost always a ” brighter star”. Someone better. In the competitive world we live in, many strive to be at the top. Learning how to handle the fact that you will not win every competition, and you will not always be the best is an important skill.

Whether it is through competition in marching band, chair tests, or the region process, band enables your student to learn that striving for personal excellence is a far more important goal than “being first place.” Learning how to handle when we aren’t always on top teaches that the world will not end if we do not win, or if we aren’t number one in our class.

 

Instant Gratification or Shortcut Patience

There is no shortcut to excellence at playing a sport or an instrument or achieving high marks in the classroom.

There is no shortcut to excellence at playing a sport or an instrument or achieving high marks in the classroom. Each requires diligent study, focused practice, and a high level of commitment, as well as patience. Band members will learn the level of dedication required to achieve excellence in any one skill. Music provides a wonderful outlet for this as it is something than can provide a great deal of enjoyment at all levels.

 

Workforce

While some students are “intrinsically motivated,” others benefit greatly from the structure and discipline band provides.

The real world expects its employees to show up on time. It expects a level of discipline and follow-through, and it expects that if an employee gets paid to do a job, they will do it. Band is truly a “miniature playground for the real world” and places real-worldd expectations on its students that build character and teach independence.

 

Balancing Act

Ultimately, learning how to balance the many requirements of school and band is no different than learning to balance a job, mortgage payments, taking the kids to activities, building in vacation or family time, and other skills that adults face in their lives.

It often seems like our band members who are involved in the most activities, AP classes, and top bands are also the kids who achieve the highest grades. Of course, High School will be different for each and every student. While they are “just teenagers”, learning to balance on their own will prepare them as they head off to college. College requires a high level of independence, and many college students either fail after their first semester or burn out under the stress of work. Band will provide students with tools to help overcome these stresses, and ensure they learn how much is possible in a day, and how to manage their time efficiently.

 

Rewards

A great sense of joy and satisfaction comes from achieving goals either as an individual or as a team.

Band members will be able to celebrate their victories at all levels, whether it is simply overcoming the hurdle of checking off a single measure of music, achieving a personal victory they did not believe was ever possible, or learning the exuberance and exhilaration that comes from a team winning an event together.

Get to know …..

Our Fabulous Drum Majors

Cassidy Edwards

What was it like to be drum major this year?

It was so surreal! I never thought I’d be in this position as a junior, so there seemed to be added pressure to perform well, especially since we always had to be on our toes, ready to tackle anything that came our way. It was an overall rewarding experience with a heck of a lot of challenges that definitely taught me a lot about leadership and myself.

Why did you want to become a drum major?

I remember being in elementary school and my older cousin being in the Travis band. My aunt would always talk about how cool the drum majors looked on the field and the thought of leading the band became ingrained in me.

What will you remember most from this year?

I’ll always remember our state performance. I expected myself to be super nervous while we were there, but I wasn’t — I guess because I couldn’t believe I was there!

Who do you admire?

I admire both of my parents for their incredible drive to work hard and succeed, something I lack on many occasions and am working to change about myself.

 

Jessica Chen

What was it like to be drum major this year?

 If you had told me when I was a freshman that I would be a drum major this year, I would have never believed you! Being a drum major for such an incredible ensemble was an absolutely amazing and humbling experience. The position opened up new doors for me, as it taught me the importance of having self-confidence, patience, and integrity—both in a leadership position and in the real world. Although the marching season definitely had its rough points, I could not have asked for a better way to finish my last marching season with the Clements Band. 🙂

Why did you want to become a drum major?

From the moment I stepped on the field as a freshman, I knew that this band would be my home for the next four years. Like any other leader, I wanted to create a community in which younger generations would be able to experience the same life-changing program that I did. No other position would be able to accomplish this desire any better than the drum major position. With such a large role in the band, I could (and am still able to!) channel my love for the Clements Band to help others find their home in this wonderful program.

What will you remember most from this year?

The thing I will remember most from this year was our Area competition. In addition to having two phenomenal runs with the band and ultimately advancing to state, Layla, Cassidy, and I were able to see all of our drum major friends from Pearland and Brazoswood! We last saw them at the GNP Drum Major Academy over the summer, and finally being able to reconnect after such a long season and seeing how far everyone had gone with their bands was truly a humbling experience.

Who do you admire?

I admire my wonderful, kind, fellow drum major and non-biological mother Layla Kutty! She has such a kind soul and being able to lead the band with her this season was such a blessing. From all the laughs to getting roasted together, I will never forget her and the integral role she has played in making my band experience infinitely better. 😀

 

Layla Kutty

What was it like to be drum major this year?

Getting to be a drum major for such an outstanding band program was such a wonderful experience. It opened up a whole new perspective on music. Becoming proficient in the foundations of music come before being awarded the position to direct it, but directing it takes musicality beyond proficiency and into expression. This position gave me an entirely new understanding of music!

Why did you want to become a drum major?

Having everyone on the same page goal-wise makes it so much easier to put on a fantastic performance, but getting everyone motivated can be hard. I wanted to have the chance to make Band a fun experience for everyone, while also being able to unify a group of kids to achieve a common goal and put on an amazing performance.

What will you remember most from this year?

I will remember the experience of getting to conduct the show at state! Our state performance was one of our best because all of our band members gave that performance one hundred percent. Getting to perform in the Alamodome was also such a great experience in itself. I will always remember the state experience!

Who do you admire?

I admire my fellow drum majors most. Not only did we share in the experience of leading the band, but we built strong friendships with one another. No matter how stressful or nerve-racking a performance was, we all pushed through together and were there for each other. I will miss them the most!

Get to know ….

…..Our singer in Path to Serenity

 

Who do you admire? 

My mom because of her hard work and her ability to make a difficult situation less stressful. She takes care of us(me and my brother) because she loves us. She is also a wonderful mother, very patient, sensitive and warm-hearted. She knows answers to every question, even those very silly. Being so patient and sensible, she even helps others to solve other problems. She is great fun to be with because her sense of humor is wonderful. She teaches me to be a better person every day.

Where were you born? 

I am born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas.

Where do you want to go after Clements?

I would like to go to the University of Texas at Austin (Hook em). I love Texas so much; I never want to leave!

What’s your favorite food? 

My favorite food is Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Panera Bread! 

What do you think of singing solo in our show this year?

I love singing in our show. I have never done something so different and exciting before. Although it is a little nerve-wracking to sing in front of so many people as well as performing well enough for my fellow bandmates, it has given me a new sense of confidence.

Why are you in Band?

 I honestly took band in middle school because my brother did. Now I cannot think of ever not being in band. I have learned so many life lessons and skills for the future.

Will you take any music at university?

I would like to minor in music from the Butler School of Music at UT!