Fresh Voices: Composition at Cal Poly


Aimee Ware’s profile assignment directed her to write about a group, culture, ethnicity, or place. In “This One Time at Band Camp ...” she has chosen to profile a group close to her heart, the Mustang Marching Band, with a focus on examining band member stereotypes. Utilizing insider information, a strong interest in the subject, and a personal connection allows Ware’s passion to shine in her writing. Adding humor and relevance to the academic community makes her piece accessible to a larger audience. In addition, her interview with the assistant director of Cal Poly’s Mustang Marching Band brings credibility to her position. After reading this essay, does your perception of a band member change? What more might you want to know?