My experience in COTA was one of the best of my life. I was granted a wonderful opportunity in which I could do what I love, play Jazz. I also got to experience what it was like to play with other talented musicians, an experience that I had never really had prior to COTA. I also got the opportunity to receive free lessons from some of the greatest musicians that have ever lived. From these lessons, I learned so much about music, and playing. From Mr. Brader alone, I learned so much about become a better "section player," and becoming a better leader, all at the same time. From the directors, especially Mr. Glaser, I learned new methods of warming up, and new techniques to improve my sight-reading skills. One of my favorite parts of COTA is the chance it gave me to make new friends. I met a least five new friends at COTA, people who I could really relate to and have fun with.
I'm so happy that I had the chance to participate in the "COTA Cats," and I'm sad that it is over.
I thank all those that made this wonderful experience possible. I'll never forget the lessons that I've learned and the fun that I had, and I hope that some day, I'll become a great musician and be able to come back and participate in the COTA Cats as a teacher.