We got our all state audition results today. I was nervous about seeing them at first, but very relieved afterwards. I didn't make it, but I was very close. Out of 91 people I was #23, but #22 got the same score as me. My goal was to be in the top 1/3, which was a goal I met. The big thing for me though was that there were five people between me and making all state. I have been taking private lessons for about 2-3 months. This really stressed to me how valuable intelligent practice is. The first thought I had was that if I had started earlier, I would have made it. I still have next year when I WILL make it with my new goal: being in the top 10. I've already started work on the Hummel Concerto (movements 1 & 2) which I'm hoping to use for next year. This all got me thinking about how I got here, so is think some thank yous are in order. 1) The whole Trumpet Master community. Without all of you I wouldn't be the same trumpet player I am today. I've learned a lot from all of you, and I'm looking forward to learning plenty more. This site has been invaluable to me these past years. Without it I could never have gotten so far on my own before I got my private teacher. 2) My 5th - 8th grade band director. Without her none of this would have happened. I wouldn't be here, I wouldn't be playing trumpet, and I would be a completely different person. She has a nice long message waiting for her next time she logs on Facebook. She is the reason I am who I am, and I'm thankful beyond compare for what she has done for me. 3) My boss. if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be in the financial situation to allow me to take private lessons, have a nice trumpet, or even have a phone. She doesn't know it, but she is one of my greatest role models. When I see who I work with, people who drive 45 minutes to come to work at a fast food restaurant so they can live, I feel thankful to be able to drive 6 streets away at the age of 16 to work because I want to, not because I need to. If it wasn't for her I'd still be using my student trumpet trying to learn from experience and advice on here. She has opened up so many opportunities for me. She will hear my thanks at work next time I see her. 4) My parents. We know what they do. This one doesn't even need explained. So now where do I go from here? I plan on going to Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV as a music major. I've to talked to Dr. Tim DeWitt from there over phone and email and will be going up there in spring. Right now I just want to make as much progress as I can before college in one year. Then I will decide between music education or music performance. Thank you all for changing me these past couple years. I am very thankful to have you all.