“Get out of your comfort zone,” says Victor Miranda III. Through Marching Band, he strives to be a better musician—and a more well-rounded person.
Victor played trumpet in high school, but before joining the Marching Band at UB, “I had never marched day in my life,” says Victor. By being willing to try, he quickly found that “it’s easier than it looks,” and—like most things—comes easier with practice, especially if you’re committing the time, willing to take constructive criticism, and genuinely trying to get better.
As a psychology major with minors in music and biology, Victor isn’t afraid of hard work—which may be why he prefers band practice to Game Day. “It’s the work and the process that I like—the process of becoming a better musician,” he says. “For me, if you’re doing it, you should be the best. The more people who share that vision, the better the band becomes.”
“No one is going to come in and be perfect,” explains Victor. Making mistakes is part of the process—in band, and in any group. Through band, Victor learns how to do your best to fix your mistakes, make the most of the situation, and learn from it. “It’s the mentality of not giving up,” he says—a mindset that he expects will serve him well through UB and after he graduates.
In any organization, there are lots of moving parts. With band, for example, everyone is trying to march in the right place (and play the right notes) at the right time. But even with 100-plus students, “We’re all one team when we step on that field,” says Victor. “The football team has a goal of winning. We have a goal of putting on a good performance.” Being part of a student group teaches you how to be a team player, and work together toward that common goal.