Amidst all my high school memories, nothing can compete with my experience in W-L's Marching Band. There were the Friday night football games, the competitions, the concerts. Puppy love with our Freshman year Drum Major, endless private lessons, lifelong friendships. Band consisted not solely of a music class but a lesson in life. Mr. Robinson taught, and still teaches, students to work hard, to achieve the seemingly impossible, to believe in themselves. To be early was to be on time, to stay late was to leave early, to pour one's heart and soul into a performance was to pass. Socks were to be black, not navy blue, not gray. Horns were to the press box. Excuses wouldn't fly.
I'll never forget Mr. Robinson's unpredictable humor, the endless hours he worked, or that "you can do better" tough-love glance. He was the only teacher to ever truly put me in my place, call me out when I was faltering, challenge me to prove him wrong. At times my friends and I complained or rebelled, but in the end, he always had our best interest at heart.
One 3 minute YouTube video can hardly do justice to this band or its director. But I'm happy to have had the opportunity to support the W-L Marching Generals through the generosity of Ford Motor Co., and wish them all the best for the season ahead.