Diligence in the Community
Focusing my effort on the work at hand
To practice Diligence I will:
- concentrate on my work
- follow instructions
- do a job right
- finish my projects
- not be lazy
Band Teaches Diligence
by Jill Tomey
My kids were in marching band from middle school through college and learned much more than music scores or drill charts. Band taught them Diligence. Long and frequent practices spent learning music and drills taught them that Diligence will reward them with mastering skills, attaining goals, and accomplishing tasks.
When the band performs, it acts as a team, but it’s different than a sports team. Band teaches about improving your contribution to the team. You are competing against yourself to get better. Practicing your part alone, focusing on the same few measures until they are mastered, provides personal feedback you can use for improvement. Diligence in any area requires both focus and feedback.
When Diligence results in success, it builds confidence in your skills, and it builds confidence in Diligence. Band students are proud of the accomplishment of the group and in knowing they contributed to something bigger than themselves. Keeping up with practice isn’t always fun but letting down other band members is even less fun. Their personal ownership and commitment to the band feeds Diligence.
How can you use your Diligence for success?
“That awkward moment when you realize the marching band works harder than the football team.”
“You know, if I can survive marching band, I can survive anything.”
“Band is not proud because it performs well; it performs well because it is proud.”
Band Director Quotes:
“One more time.”
“Early is on time. On-time is late.”