Hello. My name is Mirissa Martinez. I'm a Dodge City resident. I'm also with the DCHS band, the Pride of Southwest Kansas.


     Hello. My name is Mirissa Martinez. I'm a Dodge City resident. I'm also with the DCHS band, the Pride of Southwest Kansas.
     We went to K-State to perform our full 2011 show. It was my first festival with the band. We got a 1 from the judges. It was exciting and so much fun. I'm glad I got to go.
     The day before the festival at practice I was not nervous. I was ready to go. When we got to the side of the field getting ready to perform, that was when it hit me. I was nervous. All that was running through my mind was "Don't mess up. Go out there and march your best, on step and on count." When I was on the field, I didn't even notice all the people. It felt like practice. When we were done, I felt relieved and happy, because I had accomplished something that meant a lot to me, something that took a while to learn. It was just an amazing feeling.
     What got me prepared and so motivated was Mrs. Fleeman and the coach from K-State. Mrs.. Fleeman was so nervous to see how well we were going to do in front of the judges. So I told myself I wanted to make her proud of my hard work. I wasn't going to have wasted her time and mine from all those practices. What made me motivated from the K-State coach was what he said. He said, "Us coaches and directors could give you guys so many pep talks, but you yourself have to give that 100 percent." When he said that, I was like, "That is so true." That is what got me motivated the most to do a good job.