Re: What was it like switching from drumming in High school to college?
Well, sounds like you are afraid of the "big fish in a small pond" syndrome and losing that sense of accomplishment that being section leader brings you. Don't worry about it. It's not a competition, it's about educating yourself. No matter how good you are, there is always something to learn and someone to learn from. I learn new things all the time and I've played for 25 years. I don't plan on ever thinking "Well, that's it. I'm done. I know everything now.".
Also, and I hesitate to bring this up, but your tone in your post could be interpreted as a little bit ... egotistic (that's the word that comes to mind for me). Sure, going from being the top guy at a small high school to being just another freshman is going to be weird, but how you react to it is what counts. No one is going to care that your school got X award, or that you placed 2nd chair at the state solo contest, what they will care about is, "can this person play the music at a college level?". Practice, learn, and absorb everything you can from everyone you can. It's OK to be honest and say "I think I'm a pretty good musician", it's different to say "[I'll be stepping] down a peg when I go to college".
"The only real wisdom is knowing you know nothing" -- attributed to Socrates
Last edited by BradGunnerSGT; 11-09-2010 at 12:26 AM.
Reason: added Socrates quote