Emily Williams – Ohio Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination and Photography by Memories by Tawnya Photography Featured in Issue 19 Inspiring Teens Magazine - Music
The Nomination: Emily was a huge help in leading her band this last summer into school year unexpected due to her teacher having a medical issue happen! Emily took on the role of helping her peers by leading and working with students that needed extra help. She also helped the assistant and sub teachers prep for band by getting materials ready. Emily did every task that landed in her lap. She even helped load and unload the bus before and after events and games. All this led to her astounding accomplishment of her as Field Commander. Emily also won the Outstanding Leadership Award. She is in School Musicals, Choir and the Art Club. Emily is also heavily involved with her church.
What happened for you to step into the leader role you received with music? My music teacher had planned surgery that lead to complications that were unexpected. She couldn’t be back in time, so she asked me if I could step in and be the Field Commander to help the fill-in director. We all worked together to make this past marching band season happen. My classmates and I continue to pray that our director will be able to return to doing what she loves. In the end, we are all there to make music, and be a family.
Tell us about the role of Field Commander position you had. A Field Commander is under the director but is the highest leadership position in the band. I started during percussion camp, sorting through music for all the underclassman's folders. I then went through band camp with my fellow peers. Typically, field commanders have their own camp where they learn to direct, but I crammed it in a couple days. Luckily, I had amazing directors that were there to help guide me along the way! Eventually, we got our whole show together, and would prepare for competitions. In between these, I'd painted a couple 8 ft. backdrops that are placed on the field for a show. I'd also help with minor things like fetching things for directors and getting rubber bands to kids (for their flip folders.)
How did you become a role model by helping your peers who needed extra help? The first day of band camp, all of us seniors introduced ourselves to the under classmen to make them feel comfortable. We all knew what it was like being the new kid on the first day, and we just wanted them to feel accepted. Anytime a kid would need help, I would try to help them to the best of my ability. I helped teach kids the fundamentals of marching. Most people think it's not that hard to do, but they've never had to make sure they have a good posture, rolling their feet, carrying an instrument, and trying to play at the same time. Some kids would get frustrated, but I'd encourage them to keep at it.
What is the Marching Band Award you have won? It was an award given to me by my director my junior year of high school (2017-2018). This award goes to the marcher who never settles and is willing to do what it takes to help the band succeed. I think I've won it because I strive to show that our Class C band can march as good as any Class B or A band. Yes, those bands are big, but they don't have the strong family connection a small band like ours has. We treat each other like family, and family we stay.
What are some of the activities you are involved with at your church? I enjoy helping people doing work for the kingdom. I'm involved in our church’s youth group and the Sunday school. For Sunday school, I help with the 4 and 5-year-olds and love contributing to both. I love teaching little kids about the Lord and His great love for them. Seeing their smiling faces each week brings me indescribable joy.
Emily will be featured in Issue 19 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!