Good afternoon, everyone.
Some of you may be wondering why I'm sucking on a small piece of wood. No, it doesn't make me look cool, it doesn't get me high, and it definitely doesn't taste good. No, this small piece of wood is called a "reed," and without it, I wouldn't be able to play my clarinet.
Motivation and Credibility Statement
I hope that after you learn about my decade of musical experience, you'll understand me better.
Without my clarinet and the musical experiences I've had as a result, I would not be the person I am today.
I'd like to put together my clarinet for you, piece by piece, and share with you how each part represents a role music has played in my life.
First, the reed.
Body 1: Reed A. Main point #1
The reed represents SACRIFICE.
Would you believe that I have spit, sweat, bled, and cried on these reeds? In high school, we would march out in the hot sun and sweat all over our instruments. In winter, my lips sometimes cracked and I would bleed on my reed. And when I was younger, my mom would make me practice every day, and I literally cried on more than one occasion. I HATED playing the clarinet.
But with time, I learned to love it, and I'm glad I did, because that brings me to my next piece: the ligature.
Body 2: Ligature B. Main point #2
The ligature represents BONDING.
I have made lifelong friends in band. Selina Chavez, a flute player, has been once of my closest friends since we first met in the 7th grade.
In fact, it was in middle school that I received my first introduction to the one of the biggest benefits music has given me.
Body 3: Mouthpiece Main point #3
The mouthpiece represents LEADERSHIP.
Since the beginning, I've demonstrated leadership skills and dedication to my fellow students. This won me the #1 clarinet chair in middle school and high school, as well as the position of Drum Major, the highest ranking leadership position in the band, second only to the band director himself.
However, all that responsibility required another important piece.
Body 4: Barrel Main point #4
The barrel represents DISCIPLINE.
I spent a LOT of time practicing.
All that playing developed in me a wonderful appreciation for a certain kind of music.
Body 5: Upper section Main point #5
The upper section represents CLASSICAL music.
Playing and listening to classical music for years will either drive you crazy, or you'll learn to love it. And that's exactly what happened to me. The clarinet has been my stepping stone to an amazing variety of some of the greatest music ever written, from Mozart to John Williams.
It has also been my ticket into another form of music.
Body 6: Lower section Main point #6
The lower section represents JAZZ.
In middle school, I got to play the clarinet and other instruments in jazz bands all over the district.
Which brings me to my final piece: the bell.
Body 7: Bell Main point #7
The bell represents EXPLORATION.
The clarinet was my gateway into many other instruments, including the alto and tenor saxophones, the flute (don't ask), the trumpet, most of the percussion section, and the piano.
Signal Closing, Transition
But it all started in the 5th grade, when I picked up my clarinet for the first time.
Summarize main points briefly
Each part of my clarinet represents something special to me: SACRIFICE, BONDING, LEADERSHIP, DISCIPLINE, CLASSICAL MUSIC, JAZZ, and EXPLORATION.
Without my clarinet, I would have led an entirely different life.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, "Without music, life would be a mistake." I agree.