After four long years I leave this band a graduated senior
I can’t emphasize enough how insane my life has gotten having been here
So I thought long and hard on how to thank you for all these interesting times
And the best thing I came up with was to deliver a speech that rhymes.
When you spend so many years and hours in the good old CCSA
You tend to pick up advice and life lessons and experiences along the way
Some things to mull over the next time you sit behind a music stand:
These are all the things I learned in band:
The basic rules of band you should know by now
By following them you can temporarily keep Mr. Tharp from having a cow
Keep the bathrooms clean, don’t pee on the seat
When you leave the band bus at least make it look like you TRIED to be neat
The use of the secret bandroom passageway should not be abused
Because wouldn’t everyone want to use something that shouldn’t be used?
Don’t play stingers on parades, don’t let your brain get fried
And please don’t forget to lock your trombone slide
Look after your band parents, for they look well after you
No amount of thanks can fully cover all that they do
They’ll feed you and hug you and clothe you and cheer you on in the stands
They’ll hug you and love you and even wash your white pants
They’re the ones who you can tell your hopes and dreams at 3 o’clock AM
They’re the ones who will talk to you when you think no one else can
And when your days grow dark and nothing goes right
They’ll be there to dry your tears and help you see the light
Another lesson you will be left with today
Is that a person’s life can be forever altered by the words that you say
These people that you see and you play with and get into shenanigans bizarre
They need to know how awesome you truly think they are
Because there are times when we feel nothing but despair
And we go on with our lives but wish someone would care
And the best gift you can give to someone who’s spirits couldn’t be flatter
Is the simple affirmation that in this world, they matter
There are people with dreams, but uncertainties, too
Who need to hear from their friends, “I believe in you!”
Not everyone sees in themselves the beautiful you see so bright
Tell them what you see and you may improve their sight
Beware of STDs, swine flu, and getting stuck in tree
But most importantly, beware of apathy!
If there’s any mystery I can’t solve despite all my figuring
Is how there can be so many people who don’t give a care for ANYTHING!
So if you enjoy something, act like it! Let that happy spirit shine!
Don’t pretend you don’t care, go out and have a good time!
A leader’s undying enthusiasm inspires others to follow through
Leaders give life to purpose, and those leaders are YOU!
And when every person throws their soul into one purpose, the world stepping back to view
The result is so breathtakingly astounding, no language can to explain to those who
Are not part of the vibe and will never understand
How such raw power can be generated from a high school band
There is something you all must do over the next few years
Band, I want you to learn how to conquer your fears
Because the definition of courage is NOT the absence of fear
It’s when you troop on anyway for a cause you hold dear
And when the sick twisting of your gut compels you to run and hide
You need to stand your ground and move forward with pride
I want you to play that solo and give that speech
Sit for that audition, learn how to teach
Because there is a strong, capable being trapped in the confines of your soul
Who can’t be freed until you seize the chance to jump out and go
And when the ordeal is over and you’ve fought your war
You’ll find you like yourself a whole lot more.
The thing you must not forget, spring winter summer or fall,
Is the extent to that Mr. Tharp dearly loves us all
He might not always show it, that sneaky Mr. Tharp
But with his unyielding dedication to his students and even his hate crimes, we all know where we lie in his heart
I have no more lessons to give you yet, so I’ll end this speech soon
If I knew how to play I’d serenade you on the bassoon
The class of 11 has worked hard to help bring the band to it’s current state
A place where our potential and achievements soar to heights high and great
We are leaving the fate of this band with you, now you will determine what you achieve
So I ask now, what kind of legacy are YOU going to leave?