One of the many things I love in life is music. I don’t know where I would be without it. Music has been a big part of my life because I have grown up with it. I have been singing since I was seven and playing the alto saxophone since I was eleven. Additionally, I listen to music all the time. Without music life would not be worth living.
My taste in music is somewhat versatile. However, I do lean towards two specific types. My two favorite types of music are pop and country. However, I like to listen to a little bit of everything. I’m the type of person that if I hear a song I like I don’t care what genre it is, that is why I like the Billboard Top 100 because it has a variety of different songs.
At VMI, our exposure to music is kind of limited. However, that doesn’t stop cadets from listening to music. Cadets love blasting music from their rooms, especially on a nice day or right before a parade in order to get hyped. From what I have heard, most cadets like to blast the top songs and/or country. Sadly, our opportunities to listen to live bands or go to music events are limited. Since we do not have much time for ourselves in the first place, it is extremely rare to have the time to go see a concert. Additionally, most big concerts are nowhere near our school. VMI is located in the Shenandoah Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding it. Therefore, almost everything worth doing is about an hour away. The one time I went to a concert as a cadet was during Easter break to see Hunter Hayes and it was an hour away in Roanoke, Virginia. Nevertheless, there are a few small concerts on campus and in the town throughout the year, but they are more of either classical or folk music and most cadets are not into those genres.
Additionally, there are a few music groups within the Corps. We have a regimental band, a jazz band, a glee club, a brass quintet, a men’s acapella group, pipe band, herald trumpets, and the buglers. I am part of the regimental band, the jazz band and the glee club. These groups helped me get through this school because they were my relief from all the stress, especially my rat (freshman) year.
Also, plenty of cadets and professors alike have their own bands or play instruments on the side for stress relief and a form of self-expression. Music is a big part of many cadets’ lives and they use it to help get them through this place. Conversely, when you are a rat (freshman) you are not allowed to listen to music for the first six months, which becomes difficult for a lot of people. One of the many struggles you have to overcome your first year here. So even though we go to a military college, cadets find ways to express themselves musically.