I am a recent alumnus of the Pittsburg State Pride of the Plains Marching Band. In fact last year was my final year, I played sousaphone and had a great time. Not only did I play in the band for five years, I also got to march with two of my brothers.
That being said, I received a phone call today asking if I would be the alumnus speaker at this year's Band Banquet in November. I have not yet made my decision and here is why.
I have some issues with the director of the band. He said some things to me that did not make me a happy camper. What was said is not relevant to my decision. I had never had an issue with him until my final semester with the band.
My dilemma lies in the fact that I know I am enough of a man to put that behind me conduct myself in a professional and dignified manner, but I am not looking forward to the possibility of that awkward feeling.
Being ask makes me feel very honored. I had the feeling that while I was there, I was well liked but once I left nobody cared anymore. This sort of makes me feel a little bit better about the situation. I don't know if I was the first choice or not. To be honest, I am honored to be asked.
I told the individual that called me that once they had the date set, then to ask me again. This was for two reasons ... one, I wanted to know so that I would know if I needed to take off of work or not, and two, so that I would have some time to think about it.
I'm looking for advice, what do you think?