Yes, it feels fantastic to be named "the best" at what you do....but that isn't the sole motivator. If you do what you do at the highest levels, the rewards (and awards) will come. The secret is discovering how to embrace the work ethic and commitment needed to get a near perfect performance.
No matter the outcome this evening, the members of the 2015 Pope Competition Band can hold their heads high. The improvement since July has been amazing. The levels of performance have been strong, and the growth among members has been life-changing. Students have set and achieved goals, surpassed their initial belief of their ability limits, and pushed themselves physically harder than some of them thought possible.
The lessons learned will last long after the momentary celebration of an award or placement...and will serve the students in more than just band. Good....Better....Best.