Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two Months



So it's been a while! I've been keeping myself really busy getting my not-as-fun class requirements out of the way, having a date and a night with friends just about every weekend, doing homework, playing video games, studying, the whole nine yards of being nineteen. I saw Phantom of the Opera, which had my neighbor Ryan and the immortal Mark DiStefano in it, my cat just jumped into my lap and scared me to death, my dad and Mike and I built my new bedroom and an addition to our driveway from scratch, Fluffy continues to shove himself into my face for attention...

I also started a blog specifically for video game related posts on Destructoid where I've talked about the finer themes throughout Mass Effect 3 with my opinion on the ending, what got me into video games, and why your little sister will love Plants vs. Zombies. I also did some amateur eSports casting for Dota 2, which is basically acting as a sports commentator for a competitive video game. It sounds ridiculous, but it's actually very exciting and a lot of people make a living off of it. I do it for fun, so I don't, but still!

I've also been chopping fruit with a katana and taking a Marching Tech class.

Are you a bad enough dude to chop cabbages clean in half?


Wait, what was that?

The katana? Well, my brother got it when--
No, the other one.


I've been taking a Marching Tech class (which is, believe it or not, a lot cooler than owning a katana.) I'm moving forward with my dream of being on staff (or at least working behind the scenes) for a high school marching band. It's a class where I learn how to write a marching show, from analyzing a score to writing for a specific band the size of which is up to us. I'm personally writing for a band of about 70 people, including color guard and dancers. It's been an incredible experience so far, which is certainly helped by the fact that it is taught by Prof. Heidi I. Sarver, of the UDMB and George N. Park's Drum Major Academy. I have learned so much in just a short time, and now we're working on our final project, which is to carry out the whole process or not. A band won't be playing or marching it, but I am currently in the process of writing an entire show. It's a lot of time consuming work, but I am enjoying every minute of it. hours can fly by writing, and I don't mind that one bit.

Speaking of the GNP DMA, I have also applied to become a member of IMPACT Team and help behind the scenes and as a go-between for students attending the jumble of initialisms and acronyms that is GNP DMA UMASS 2012 and their instructors. I'll find out next week if I get in. Even if I don't, I can always apply for next year when I've honed my skills as a conductor and leader even further. I quite literally just read online that there has been a record number of applications for IMPACT team (90+) this year, so wish the other potential staff members and I luck!

I may even have a chance to help the band that built me into who I am, the St. Mark's Spartan Marching Band, by possibly having the chance to put their drill online during the summer, which should help the students come band camp.

I'm sincerely sorry that I have not been posting. I have several unfinished drafts, including one on The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, which I hope to fine-tune to give you more higher-thinking posts, and my brother Mike and I plan on posting his new videos here on YoungMelonWorld in the future!

And you know what's even better? I've been promised to not get the absolute worst hours possible again this year at my job this summer! That's just icing on he cake.

Well, I have to go to Marching Tech, so thanks for reading!