Eighth grade is a drumstick because when you first buy it, it is new, shiny, and unblemished. But the more you use it, the more wrecked it becomes and soon it becomes part of your set. First, second, third grades become a thing of the past as you play more gigs and sticks start to dent. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grades shoot by as the band hits it big, and soon you come to cherish the sticks. Then seventh grade comes, and you realize the drumstick is part of you… the way the grip feels, the sound of the sticks, and even the smell. Eventually the stick is thrashed, but that makes it better. But the inevitable happens, and the sticks break; you realize you must move on to buy a new pair and to head off to high school.