No words can describe the magic that happened in that room tonight. The sound of one voice. The sound of a family playing together and making music as a whole. As one unit.
These past 4 years have been anything but ordinary. Thank you to everyone who made it what it was. You will not be forgotten, ever. You will forever remain in my heart as the people who changed my life.
To the teachers: Thank you for your patience and wise words. All of us would not be who we are today without your guidance. You taught us more than just dominant 7th chords and Egyptian-sounding minor scales. You taught us to be responsible. To work together and to rely on one another. You showed us love, even when we were whiny brats. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for giving me this chance to shine.
To the grads: You guys are my family. Through thick and thin, you’ve been there for me. We’ve all had our share of wrong notes and difficult rhythms, but the support system we’ve built is like none other. Thank you for being leaders and holding sectionals when they were needed. Thank you for putting your heart into all we do in this department. Thank you for tonight, but most of all, thank you for being you. I honestly would not be the same had I not joined the ACI Music Department. You guys changed my life, for the better. I won’t forget any of you. I love you, with every fiber of my being. Thank you.
To the young’uns: You have a great legacy to keep up. We’ve put all that we’ve worked hard for in your hands. Please don’t let us down. Don’t get me wrong. You performed like absolute professionals at the Junior concert. There is no doubt that our legacy is in good hands. We’ve entrusted you with this responsibility. Don’t ever forget that. When you get to our place in a few years, you’ll be saying this speech. But until then, you know what to do. Much love.
Tonight was a night like none other. Memories were made, tears were shed, hugs were shared. Tonight was unique. It can’t be recreated. As cliche as it is, don’t be sad that it’s over. Be happy that it happened. Truly. Tonight was one-of-a-kind.
We did it, guys. We did it.