Thank you staff, Alex Garcia

May 24, 2020

Dear Mr. Tucker, 


It has been a long 4 years, hasn’t it? Or was it almost 5? I was never a person with a good memory so I guess it doesn’t really matter that much. You know what matters?  The time that I spent knowing and being under your class.  I’m not a person of many words nor actions, but it was when I performed with the band for the first time with American Medley, that I felt like I found my second home. I know American Medley is the most overplayed song, but it is special to me. It was my first performance in a marching band, and boy did it feel amazing when I stepped off the field, knowing that I helped make this happen. 

When I was chosen to be a soloist for House of the Rising Sun, I was surprised. I didn’t know if I had what it takes for it. So I did what I could do. I practiced until I felt like I could faint. And I did a few times. Lack of real resistance and a bright sun do that to a weak person. I wanted to give my all to my parents, friends, fellow bandmates, but most importantly you. I may not know a lot of things, but there was one thing I know. I didn’t accept going back home and making you disappointed in us.

 I worked myself to the ground to accomplish your standards, Mr. Tucker. Sleep, sweat, blood, and more I have sacrificed for the band. I always made sure to have a perfect step. I always made sure my posture was right. I played my heart out for the world to hear, even if the audience was one person. I felt my body shut down sometimes, and I also lost breath many times. And you know what? I don’t regret doing all of this. I would do it all again if I had to. 

Finally, my school life is over… I never thought I would say that. If there was one thing I wish I knew how to do, it is how to say thank you. I always struggled with appreciating others. 

From the bottom of this sad and excited heart, thank you. 



Alex Garcia

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