So let me tell you about my section leader. He is way above the level that any drummer his age should ever be; I’d wager that he tends to outplay some of the techs and can learn a convoluted part just by watching somebody else play it a couple of times. He’s grown up in a musical environment, has only been playing snare since he was a freshman (he’s a senior this year), and despite how good he is at it, it’s not even his main instrument.
However. In the time that I’ve known him and beyond, he has:
- Forgotten to pack his harness going to game/competition at least twice.
- Been totally uninformed about a couple major events despite it being announced at every rehearsal.
- Pretty sure he forgot to pack his drum once.
- He lost a dinkle
- during a performance
- In fact, he’s lost at least three pairs of dinkles.
- He fell down a few times.
- At least one of those times, he broke the drum he was using.
- He habitually forgets to tap off during full ensemble reps.
- He loses his ear plugs all the time.
- He loses *everything all the time.
- His clothes are all over the place.
- Much more.
Case in point, despite what an amazing player he is, despite being a revered upper classman, my section leader is far from perfect.
The moral of the story is, my children, don’t worry about it when you make a mistake. Don’t worry about it when you make a hundred mistakes. Don’t worry about when you play through a rest, can’t find your dinkles, performed the drill wrong, etc. Because, believe it or not, it happens to even the best of us, all the way across the classman spectrum.