I hesitate to upload these short clips because, as we all can be, you kids and/or anyone who was not present for the live performance could be very critical of these uploaded clips based on what they 'hear' from using their computer, etc.
Please keep in mind the following comments: 1) The recordings were done through a 'phone microphone' and they are not even capable of reproducing the same sound that you presented live; nor is your computer's speaker system capable of even coming close to your true sound. So relax - you didn't really sound like this... but this is just to give you an idea - a touch of an idea - of your performance. yes, that is you! You did it! You played and you survived, and like Maddie was saying all the time... it was fun, eh!
2) This can still be a friendly reminder to all that what we hear in our own head and thoughts are not always what we actually produce when we perform.
3) And as you grow in maturity with your music, please realize there are many factors that need to enter into your life in order for you to produce that 'sound' you eventually want to produce: a) the musical expressions from your heart; b) the technique of trained fingers and voices along with 3) upgraded 'step-up' musical instruments will all add to your musical maturity as a performer.
4) And those nerves? You will never totally get rid of those nerves. You just have to learn how to control them and use them to your advantage. Don't be nervous because you don't know your song - learn it well enough and be confident. But the simple act of performance will always include being nervous - as will your job interview, asking her to marry you, saying "I do!", visiting a new place, meeting new people, etc. Just make sure you control your nerves and learn how to keep them from controlling you!
So, for right now, please just remember, you REALLY DID sound better than these recordings are putting forth. Yes! Honestly - you did! Trust me!
However, still allow yourself to learn from what you do hear - and next year, as more and more of you become eligible for state competitions, let's strive for that ideal performance. It is a reachable goal, it truly is - it can be done - and you can do it! The rewards of reaching that 'pinnacle of performance' are wonderful!