But it did. And it reminded me of my childhood memories, playing a musical instrument called euphonium with my beloved friends whom now spreaded all around the globe, furthering their studies and reaching their dreams.
Owh, it was such a lovely memory! Remembering those times when we were out of the classes at noon and night just to be in the training room to practice and play what we loved was bittersweet as I know no matter how much I want to go back to those times again, I have to move on with my life, being a grown up living in a full scale reality.
We were like a family, all of us. I think it was around 50++ students from form two to form five. All the pains and gains were done together through democracy, loyalty and teamwork. But the main ingredient of our success would always be love that we nourished in each other. (An dof course with the support of Mr Rahim, Mr Zaheri, Psycho, Pak Abu, etc, etc)
At first, Starwinds was my hell. When I was a junior I was never really fit with all of the others as the seniors were always prioritized to play at any big days no matter how hard or good the junior did. The only thing that kept me from leaving the orchestra is the instrument and of course, some of my fellow comrades (Big thanx to my 'second-level' senior too, Adam Shariff for always being there to support me when I was down). That is why when I was the senior, I didn't let my junior wents through the pain I'd gone through. I wanted them to feel that they are a part of euphonium section and they are important.
I could only taste Nirvana when I was form four, but it was sure worth the wait. You see, it wasn't just playing for fun, it was passion! You know when you're doing something you love so much, you forget everything? And especially when you know you've managed to do it just the way you wanted? Like a football player scoring goal, a painter having inspiration or a singer reaching her highest notes with perfect pitch.
My favorite pieces to play would always be the simpler ones, like YMCA, Oh Carol, Stand By Me, Bunga Tanjung and a few others. They are the kind of songs that is not hard to play and fun to hear and you know almost everybody can get connected to it. But sometimes I did prefer the higher grade pieces, like Antarez (Owh, it is just grade 3! but it is the only piece I remember, haha) because it challenged me to push myself to the fullest.
Best memory? Everytime after 'Kawad Hari Kebangsaan' march when battle of the bands begun! We would just sit around for awhile, watching other schools showing off their songs to the public.
Then we would stand up, tuned up a little and blast our shot! The moment when we saw the other schools' audiences were coming to us, that was where the victory was declared. Heck, most of the times we would bring the other schools to stop playing their songs and watch us too!
But the most memorable moment would be during the last Wind Orchestra Competition I participated. It was the first time we won a spot (one step above than achieving gold award), beating even the legendary SAS but I didn't feel like winning. I knew from that moment, that would be the end of my journey.
But all in all, it was the best memory of my life, as a StarWinder. Will I ever forget those sweet moments we had together? I certainky believe I won't.