Band, Again


We had weeks of band skills tests after winter break.

When we were not doing our skills tests, we could read or even play video games.

We were not supposed to talk.

People talked.

I didn’t.

I played music from memory.

I played my clarinet to match what I heard the teacher play.

I played our concert songs for him again.

When it was all over, I was the first chair for clarinet in sixth grade band.

I don’t think that means anything special, except I sit up front.

My mom was really happy about it though.

I’m glad that I got time to play video games during band.

But I’m also glad that we are going back to learning songs and practicing our instruments.

Not everyone followed the rules during skills testing and that really frustrated me.

I don’t know why people like to talk so much, anyway.

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