During my spring break, I went on tour with the Augustana Symphonic Band in Japan. I’ve been procrastinating this post because I don’t know how I can begin to describe my experience. Warning: I am going to be really cliche in attempting to describe the awesomeness of this trip!
First, I had to make it into the symphonic band and I did as the E flat clarinet player! Thus started my obsession with talking about Japan. I would bring it up into every conversation because I was so excited. It was my first time outside of the country and it was phenomenal. Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect upon it, it was sort of like reading a book vs. being in the book. Before Japan, I was really excited but I had no idea of what to expect and I really didn’t try to imagine it. I wanted my mind to experience Japan with a blank slate. Being in Japan was like being in the book, it was my own adventure with all my band mates!
Japan was an awesome opportunity which combined two of my favorite things: exploring and band. I got a taste of the full college experience because I had a roommate in the hotel and I got to know my band mates better. As a freshman, that is very important! Bonding aside, playing for and with the Japanese ensembles was enriching. Their performances were amazing and it is obvious that they take pride and pleasure in performing to their highest abilities. On the other hand, I was incredibly nervous to play for them, but I quickly got over that because they were an appreciative audience.
Overall, I still can’t believe that I WENT TO JAPAN. Sorry, my caps lock key must have frozen or something…but it was such a fantastic experience. I am proud to be an Augustana College student, a part of the Augustana College Symphonic Band, and I can’t wait to see how I continue to grow in these next three years. Japan seems surreal and I hope to return someday in the future. For me, its back to the real world and I am ready to tackle spring term.