No. I need to be good. If I want to make it in, I have to be good. Improvement alone isn’t enough.
So, how are all your audition preparations coming along?
Two weeks to auditions.
Okay, I guess...
Oh, you know...
They were all so humble. They would’ve been able to play their auditions on that day and make the Jazz Ensemble, the second band. That's where people from our jazz band, Ellington Jazz, usually ended up. At this rate, I'll probably be in Studio Jazz, the third band. Only the elite ever made it into Jazz Orchestra, the first band.
So I kept working-- harder and harder, day in and day out. If I wanted any shot at a good spot in the Jazz Ensemble, I would have to work for it harder now than ever before.