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Ellen Sharp, Crown Writer

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Being apart of band is more than an extracurricular activity. It is being apart of a family, a family who learns and practices everything together. The Marian band has been a family for many years, and for Senior, Kitty O’Neill, she has been apart of that family for her four years at Marian. O’Neill has made friends and has created so many memories in her last four high school years. O’Neill plays the violin and the viola for the Marian Central Band and has loved playing ever since she was a little girl.

Being apart of band makes more than just another musician; it helps to shape a student’s life and perspective. It takes hours of practicing and time management to be able to successfully perfect an instrument.  “Being in band has exposed me to different situations, has helped me overcome shyness and stage fright by playing in front of others, and has given me the responsibility of learning music and performing it. Also, it has definitely helped me with time management skills.” Being a student with large amounts of homework can make it difficult to balance extracurricular activities, but when something is loved as much as O’Neill loves music, it is manageable.  Band is full of long days of both memories and fun-filled performances. The Marian band puts on many performances throughout the year, and O’Neill’s favorite performance is playing in the pit orchestra for the spring musicals.

Having a mentor to look up to pushes students in a positive direction in order for them to achieve their greatest potential.  Not everyone has a individual role model to look up to, but a group of people can push one person, especially O’Neill,  to do amazing things. “Freshman year I was the only violinist, but all of the seniors that year inspired me to work harder towards greatness.” Not only do students play a huge role in her inspiration, but her teacher is an even bigger role model. Mr. Rome has dedicated 43 years to teaching students musical ways and has left an immense impact on the students, especially O’Neill. Not only does he leave impact on the students musical lives, but their everyday lives too. “Mr Rome is my inspiration as a music teacher. Every day I learn something new about how to treat students, and genuinely be a better person.” Both her peers and her teacher have served as mentors for a subject like music, something she loves.

O’Neill has dedicated four years to helping younger students through their musical careers just like she was helped as a freshman. O’Neill is attending Saint Mary’s College to study Music Education and will continue to play the violin and the viola. O’Neill will forever remember the dedicated hours she put into the music program at Marian. From O’Neill, to future Marian band members, “Enjoy your time in the music program, take advantage of opportunities to play, and make connections. It is a great program with even better people in it.” 

 

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