The 2008 Kansas Masonic Band | My Family Travels
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From July 22nd thru 26th, I had possibly the greatest, most rewarding vacation that I have ever had. I was selected to go to the 2008 Kansas Masonic Band Camp, and play the pre game and half time shows for the Kansas East-West Shrine Bowl game. When I arrived in Emporia, KS, I was told where I would be staying and when to meet down in the hall for practice. I met my roommate, who was absolutely amazing. I met a few more friends, and everyone at the camp were genuinely nice people who made each day better than the one before it. On the day before the game, we attended a banquet, held by the Shriners, and a very young and memorable guest speaker spoke to us. Her name was Leigh Dittman, and she was eight years old. The speech she gave about how much the Shriners have helped her and her family, and the story she told about her life brought tears to my eyes. She taught me a lesson that day, and one that will stick with me throughout my entire life. She taught me to be strong and to have faith, and that everything happens for a reason. We are the way we are, and there is no changing that, so make the best out of everyday, and cherish every moment you have, because once it is gone, you will never have it again, so make it worth your while! 
The next day was the football game, and naturally, being from the East side of Kansas, I cheered for the East side, along with all my new friends and my parents, except for my roommate, she was from the West side.  The pre game show was amazing, and the Star Spangled Banner that the band played gave me chills up my spine. We laughed and played in the rain before the half time show due to a rain delay, and cheered when they decided to keep the game going. The half time show went very smoothly, considering practices weren’t always the greatest since the heat was awful. 
After the game, the time came to go home. We all laughed, hugged, cried, and said our goodbyes, all departing for our different homes in various cities in Kansas. The vacation taught me many lessons about myself, and about life in general. The memories made there I will never forget. The Shriners became true heroes to me, and the people, music, and stories, make this the best vacation I have ever taken.

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