Student Testimonials

Apoorva Prakash

2016-2017 Asst. Color Guard Captain

School: Mission San Jose High School

I joined Tri-City Band Corps the summer after my sophomore year because I couldn’t bear the thought of not performing in colorguard for three months. Over the next two years, it became a much more meaningful experience for me. Through TBC, I’ve been able to gain experience in teaching and leading others. As TBC Colorguard Flag Captain, I have had the opportunity to choreograph parade routines, which has not only been a lot of fun, but also significantly improved my skills during regular colorguard and competitive winterguard seasons. I’ve met many new friends from all over the Bay Area through TBC, and we all share a passion for the marching arts. TBC is a great way to meet new people and make connections. Since joining TBC two years ago, I’ve witnessed how much this organization has grown and improved. I only wish I could have joined earlier and continued further. There is so much I wanted to participate in: the Cadet Regiment, the Italy trip (and other international tours), and more. I would recommend TBC to anyone interested in joining and I am sure that others too will have worthwhile experiences with this organization.

Casey Quevedo

2016-2017 Drum Captain

School: Washington High School

Marching band was something I really enjoyed my freshman year of high school and I saw TBC as opportunity to continue my path in the activity outside out of my own program. Joining TBC was no doubt one of the best choices I have made. This organization not only improved my musical skills but gave me the opportunity to work with other students who loved what they do and it gave me a first hand look on what it takes to keep an organization like this to be successful during year. Being the drum captain for TBC allowed me to become a better leader by providing the ability to be in charge of the drumline and the opportunity to teach introduce new ways to approach their instrument. I am now marching my first year of indoor with NorCal Indoor Percussion and first year of DCI with the Blue Devils B Drum and Bugle Corps snarelines. Without TBC, I would have not gone this far in the marching activity and be the person I am now.

Sara Tsai

2015-2016 Chief Executive Officer

School: UC Berkeley

Major: Business Economics

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The impact that TBC has had on me cannot easily be put into words, for in my past four years volunteering in the organization I have had innumerable experiences that, big or small, have contributed significantly to my growth both as a person and leader.

Being in TBC allowed me to meet people from all around the Tri-City area, and during my time serving as Deputy Chief Musical Director in the music department, I got to supplement my training as drum major for the MSJ band by conducting at indoor rehearsals and parade practices. Because performances were much more relaxed than the school programs, I got to steadily build up my confidence in leading others, and the support and encouragement that I got from my upperclassmen friends helped ease whatever stress or worries that I had. Without TBC, I would’ve had a much harder time adjusting to the role of drum major and I wouldn’t have formed such meaningful connections with likeminded musicians from across the city.

As an officer for TBC, I got the opportunity to directly impact the organization by voting on changes and even proposing ideas of my own. The group is incredibly unique in that it allows high school students to engage in real-world scenarios and think critically about problems and their potential solutions. The subsequent growth that comes from this freedom of opportunity is also phenomenal. Four years ago, I would’ve never imagined that TBC would be the organization it is today, with over 250 active members who hail from every high school in the FUSD, a new up and coming junior high program, an international performance under its belt and another trip underway, and an officer board that may soon surpass 50. These extraordinary accomplishments are thanks to the efforts of all the officers and members who have dedicated their time, energy, and heart into the group, and I can’t wait to see what the organization will accomplish in the future.

Miranda Zhou

2015-2016 Supply Officer

School: UC Berkeley

Major: Business

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I joined TBC in the summer of my freshman year of high school and without a doubt, the memories made within the organization are one of the best experiences made in my high school career. At first, colorguard from marching band was just a replacement for PE that was required in my high school. I didn't want feel any connection to it nor the people in it. Joining Tbc was also just a rash decision made with one of my friends to get some service hours. Little did we know how much of an impact TBC has made on our lives. Compared to our school's marching band, TBC is very welcoming. When I joined, I definitely felt that I joined a closely knit community who was gathered there to bring joy and music to our local community. Our colorguard routine was made by fellow students that combined the style of the different high school around the area. The music was also much more in the form of entertainment and fun. Without a doubt, the music we played during the parade brought smiles to the audience because I would not stop grinning as I performed to the frozen theme song. After freshman year, I continued to attend TBC events throughout my high school career and even joined the officer board in my senior year so I can contribute more to this organization that brought me so much these past four years. Regardless of if you play and instrument or not, know colorguard or not, you know definitely join TBC and develop another array of memories that will continue to contribute to who you are.

Jessica Mao

2015-2016 Chief Musical Composer

School: San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Major: Technology and Applied Composition

jessicaA friend of mine told me to join the Tri-City Band Corps in the middle of senior year. At that time, I wasn't sure if I wanted to join another marching band when I was already in my school's band, and I was already being weighed down by the responsibilities of my school band as well as my other classes and extracurricular activities. My friend, in the end, convinced me to join, and I have to say that joining TBC is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

You'd think that I just learned more music and improved my musical skills in TBC. Well, I did, but I also learned so much beyond anything musical. I could've refused the offer to join the band and simply continued to work on my academics and personal projects, but then I wouldn't have received the life lessons in dedication, leadership, and character that I received because of TBC.

Being an officer in TBC allowed me to help make decisions and pitch in my own ideas to help TBC improve. TBC lets its members think about how their decisions could have larger consequences, either bad or good, and wonder how they could make the situation even better. I wasn't only given these opportunities as an officer, but as the Chief Composer, I was also given the opportunity to write original music for the band to play in future parades. Being in TBC gives people chances that they can't always get in other places, and as a student who is about to go to a music school to major in composition, I am truly grateful for those chances.

I learned to be humble and to keep and open mind, and that you couldn't please everyone, but you might as well try...starting with yourself. I learned that your attitude outweighs your talent, that the process could be more important than the result, that milk tea is probably the best thing since sliced bread and the Internet... Speaking of milk tea, TBC is supported by donations and fundraisers, and oftentimes, these fundraisers take place at milk tea shops, allowing people to buy a delicious treat and help TBC (and the shop itself) all at the same time. That's two birds with one stone! ...Wait.

I greatly appreciate the lessons I learned from TBC. What I value even more are the relationships I made with other students. As I move on to college, I'll never forget all the life lessons and my incredible band family, who, along with myself, shared our love for music one step at a time. I look forward to the achievements that TBC will have made in the future.

Madeline Zheng

2014-2015 Chief Executive Officer

School: University of Southern California

Major: Applied and Computational Mathematics

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Throughout my high school years, TBC was a platform for opportunities not only to further explore music but also to immerse myself in real-world management – and I think that unique versatility forms the core of its value to every student. I still remember the dynamic progression of my TBC experience: as a freshman I quietly sat in on my first indoor rehearsal, while by senior year I was rushing around the bay to secure legal renewal of our business name, managing officer meetings and parade plans, working to strategically target areas of future growth, and more.

Lessons learned through that journey have followed me as I've made my way through other endeavors, manifesting in everything from band concerts to strategy consulting projects. I have no doubt that the program will continue to develop, expand, and offer similarly worthwhile experiences to all.

Jasmine Chen

2011-2012 Chief Executive Officer

School: University of Pennsylvania

Major: Nursing

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During my time as CEO in TBC, I learned invaluable corporate management skills. I was able to experience being in executive management at a young age, a rare opportunity. The experience helped me immensely in life -- delegating tasks during my job, working in groups, understanding company policies, presenting during meetings, writing emails, making speeches, writing resumes, and so on.

One unforgettable task as CEO was conducting interviews. I dreaded them at the time, but through interviewing others, I was able to gain insight into what most people look for in interviews. This of course aided me in my future interviews which undoubtedly helped me get into college, programs, half a dozen part time jobs, and finally my first real job. To this day, I am grateful for how much TBC pushed me to grow out of my comfort zone, the many opportunities it provided me, and the many paths it still opens up for me.

Eric Ching

2004-2005 Chief Executive Officer

School: UC Berkeley

Occupation: Real Estate Attorney at Ching & Associates

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As a founding member of TBC, I can definitely say that putting together TBC along with Harrison has definitely contributed a lot to where I am today. Learning about stuff in a classroom is very different than real life. Forming and operating TBC has helped me develop important practical skills such as communication skills, management skills, people skills, networking skills, etc. etc. I wouldn't have been able to form, managing, and develop my law firm to where it is today - grossing $300,000+ annually. There are many social aspects of running a business such as how to interact with your employees that you cannot learn in a classroom setting. However, organizations such as TBC, is an opportunity for young students to develop hands on experience that is practical for real life.