Saturday was my last day performing as a member of the Northern Michigan University Wildcat Marching Band and it was hard to say goodbye.
I've been in band since the fifth grade and started marching band in ninth grade. That's 13 years of being in some sort of band and nine years of marching band.
Over the years I learned how to play many instruments: flute, piccolo, clarinet, tenor saxophone and alto saxophone. But my favorite thing has always been performing on a football field as a member of the color guard.
For those of you who don't know what a color guard is, we're the girls with flags. There has always been something about guard that has felt like more of a performance than just playing an instrument. We are always putting on a show for the crowd.
I've always considered the guard girls my sisters. We fight and bicker with one another but, when I've had a bad day, I can always count on them to put a smile on my face with some sort of inside joke.
The band in general has always been like a family to me, whether it was my high school band or the NMU marching band. This is my fifth year marching for NMU and every year seniors graduate - like I will this year - and new freshmen come in the next year. Even though this happens, we say goodbye to the seniors with tears or hugs and welcome the freshman into our fun little family with open arms.
Saying goodbye to my NMU marching band family is one of the hardest things I've had to do this semester. I'm grateful for everything that the marching band has given me, from all the laughs to gaining another best friend.
Joining the NMU marching band was the best decision I made my freshman year. Having 72 new friends and a new family of people the first day of school is a great feeling.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.