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Persistent Desire

Persistent Desire by Danny Stevens
In the mid 70’s my family moved from a small town in Eastern Washington , to a busy city in Western Washington.  When I registered for classes at the local high school I knew I was outside my comfort zone.   My entire class size in Eastern Washington was under 50 students.   At the new school, the freshmen class was around 500 students and was a complete culture shock.   I signed up for a Woodworking class however the instructor denied my admittance stating I need to take the entry level class.   I had already had a couple years of experience at my previous school – so I opted not to take the class.   I signed up for band as I enjoyed the program at my last school and was looking forward to something familiar!
A few days after registration I was called by the band leader, he stated that I would have to audition before getting his final approval.  I have never had to audition before.   The day came I was very uncomfortable and nervous.  The instructor sat down with me and my mother after the audition and stated that I was not bad but should really be in the 2nd band program.   He went on to say that he felt he could work with me, and that he needed more people in th e brass section so he was going to give me a chance.  I found myself in a very unfamiliar situation.  The band was were I started my day at 6am, dressed and in formation on the football field, learning marching routines and playing my part by memory.  After the practice was my first class, which was Concert/Marching Band.  During the day I was to report to the section leader for practice and drilling by the section leaders in the brass section.  After schoool was practice on the field.   The band was an award winning Marching/Concert and Jazz band.    I was tired from all the practice and the band was part of my main focus.  
It was possible that at any time I could be pulled from the band and placed 2nd band.  It was tough.   I learned I loved the recognition of being a member of the band.   I traveled frequently and spent time studying with other band members for my other classes .  I had a want and desire to stay a member of the band.   I practiced long and spent time to learn what I could to make myself better.   I made it through the football season and  a couple of concerts.   I had a persistent desire to stay in the band and to raise in the ranks of the trombone section.  I challanged upper classmen for postions and was challengd to maintain my own .   I wanted and thought about how to be better most of the time.   I was also part of the Pep band so I was deeply involved in the music program.  Then we began practicing for the parades.   The marching was double time and I was still a bit chubby.   I practied and tried very hard and then just before the Armed Forces Day parade I was pulled aside and told that I would not be marching in the parade.   I would still practice but in the back.
It was at that time I made the decision that I would never be pulled from another event!   I mowed lawns, I ran and lost some weight.  The next parade, I was not pulled aside.  I was never pulled from any event from that point.   The band continued to win awards at band contest,and parades.  I became part of a Quartet and when we performed for the band the decision was to pull our entry from the contest.  We decided that we would not let them pull our entry, so we worked very hard and were allowed to attend the competition.   We pulled off third place and most important the admiration of the members of the band.  
Looking back at these events and the desires the reason these goals were meet was the persistent desire.   The unwillingness to give up, the unwillingness to remain a failure, the constant and burning desire to reach as high as possible.   There was not reserve.  No plan “B” or plans for what I would have done if I failed.   Failure was not considered, was not seen , was not planned for only the persistent desire to achieve.
As I wrote the paragraph above I heard the voice of Earl Nightingale, “We become what we think about most the time!”
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