In life, certain career paths demand that you be totally committed, while others do not. The GHS band experience required total commitment. There was no such thing as a casual band member, just as there is no such thing as a casual doctor or soldier. Band was better preparation for life than any other aspect of my GHS experience. Band gave me confidence in my own ability to pursue a goal that demands rigor.
Mr. Yoon is no different than any leader who elicits great performance from his followers. That kind of pressure is not for everybody, but typically, if a band member felt it was excessive, they would leave. We were all volunteers. I am sure if we were talking about a football team, the coach would not be put under scrutiny for pushing athletes to their limit. He often told us, “I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it.”
Mr. Yoon pushed me to attend a summer jazz camp, to participate in the Western Regionals, and to try out for All-State. I loved it all so much that I joined marching band for a year, wind quintet and jazz band for two and three years each, and volunteered at the band camp for a couple of summers. As a result of my GHS band experience, music has become a central fixture in my life, which will no doubt be lifelong.