On April 9th, 2015, another generation of prospective trainees entered the Band. It's my fourth year spending time with the company and as I reflect on it.... strange to see it now for the last time. It's a wonderful, yet poignant trend that's been growing with each passing week; last Lyre night, last concert, last parade, last formation. When I started as a Rook here (fall 2011, wow!), it seemed like getting my Lyre itself was forever far away, and graduation was an event that really didn't even seem real.
And now there's a cast of new faces in the barracks; always a few new Zoobies at hand in the lounge, milling around the 2nd and 3rd decks of Ransom where the company lives now. I've known them for less than a semester, as they have (with one exception) only known me for a few months. But the type of bond you find between members once you're all a part of the company... I can't speak to how it is in the other Provo units, or in companies outside out battalion, but here, once you have a Lyre, you're essentially welcomed back as family forever. And that's a good feeling to have.
So though once I walk across that stage I'll never be a student again, I can rest easy that in some way, at heart I will always be a Cadet and a member of the Band. The Company is in good hands next year and finally, it's time to sit back, relax, and watch May roll in.
Rikki Feightner, Band Co. '15