Kaitlyn Hatchett Mr. Bergmann Senior English P5 28 August 2015 The Benefits of Participating in High School Band High school band is often looked upon as an activity where a bunch of nerds get in big, bulky, sweaty uniforms and walk around the football field during halftime all the while playing music that they have memorized. Although this is 99.9% true, marching band is much more than that and if you think about what was just stated, that takes a lot of time, effort, and dedication. Marching band provides students with life lessons and skills that can never be forgotten. There are some major “plus factors” of being a part of a high school band such as: students get to be around other students that they normally would not associate with, …show more content…
The students in band all have one thing in common: they have a passion for music. In fact, that passion is so great that they will go to the extreme of wearing big uniforms and shakos, yes the hats have an actual name, just so they can march around the football field making shapes and straight lines while playing music that they have worked so hard to memorize all summer instead of going out and doing normal teenage things that normal teenagers do. Doing this helps the young teens to open up their perception of life and realize that there is more out there than just doing stupid things and getting themselves in trouble. High school band consists of a bunch of good kids having fun and doing what they love the most. Band members are also some of the smartest kids in their …show more content…
They do not have time to go out and party or go over to a boy’s/girl’s house that you feel very unsure about. As the saying goes “kids will be kids” but band kids are usually memorizing music, working on step offs, shining their instrument, trying to get up to a higher reed size by practicing, studying or they are laying at home/their best friend’s house on the couch eating bags of Lay’s Potato Chips and bingeing on the new series of Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. Band requires a ton of dedication of your student’s time and effort so there is no time for anything other than band. High school band will provide your student with memories that will last a lifetime. “This one time, at band camp…” (Mir Kamin) always leads to a good story with lots of laughs and memories unfolding. Band kids are good, smart and very talented kids that like to have fun and enjoy the company of their friends that have been with them through the extreme weather, pun
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It all started at McKinley High School. Kendall Aaron, Carlton Phillips, and Corey Thomas they all was in the band for all 4 years. They enjoyed band and it was their main focus after their grades. McKinley High band was so important to them, they took it serious as it was reflecting their grades. They were so excellent in the band that they were offered 3 scholarships from 3 different schools.
Marching band has impacted me most out of all my extracurricular activities. Through marching band I have matured mentally and emotionally into a leader. As Head Drum Major, I am responsible for the 130 member band. I lead daily rehearsals by conducting, commanding, and constructively critiquing the band. My other regular duties include assisting with extracurricular rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and managing the band during competitions and football games.
Hard Work earns success in marching band. Continuous playing , short weekends, and exhausting practices gain your band praise and pride. The continuous playing in band class and then at practice after school seems to never stop. After the practices are done you get the songs so stuck in your head that they feel like the songs are implanted in your head.
To the average person, the high school marching band is nothing more than a bunch of geeks that play during half time at the football games or monopolize the benches by the band hall, but to me, it is so much more. To me it is a family, a safe haven, a creative outlet, a home. I have been involved in marching band for three years, going on four, and I wouldn 't trade the experience for anything. When I entered high school as a scared and awkward freshman, I immediately had three hundred people that I could rely on. The program quickly became like a second home to me and opened up a whole new path in my life.
Officially marching band is not a sport, but it honestly should be with all the practice and competing that the band goes through. First, there is the fact that marching band practices more or about the same as any sport out there. Marching band practice starts in the summer, before school even starts, and from there goes on until football season is over. There is also the fact that there are a few Saturday practices that last the whole day.
I’ve spent hundreds of hours working with my peers, building friendships while working toilsomely to perfect one show each year. When we weren’t on the field practicing, we were performing at football games or at community events, bringing the community together with a sense of pride. Being a part of the marching band has taught me to put the betterment of my peers over myself and I have made it my goal to make the people around me the best that they
We’re true band geeks who love what we do We love our instruments, and band, too. For fall is marching band season, a time for woodwinds and brass to reign, For drummers to master the elusive beat, for the conductor to stand on the bandstand again The band and I — we live for our show, each other and for the show.
As the summer nears its end, band kids everywhere prepare for the hectic nature of marching band. We all begin to dread the coming of band camp, but long for the passion and livelihood of the approaching marching season. Band has its ups and downs; however, the benefits it leaves us with are immeasurable. For instance, a benefit of joining band is the beautiful and irreplaceable experiences someone will get to partake in.
As a music education major, teaching music is something that I hope in doing one day; To have my own band with my own students all eager to learn and have fun. A band not only filled with students that are capable of growing into fine musicians but also capable of growing up into better overall people. My high school music programs and music teachers were the ones that encouraged me to go down this musical path that I am in now. Band was more than just a club; it was like another family to me. Always surrounded with friends because of band was what made school more enjoyable.
I struggled in the beginning because I couldn’t find any love towards band and my instrument. But as my journey progressed I started to find the joy and the art in band. I might have taken 6 years for that to happen, but it was worth it because I couldn’t imagine my life without band. Band has taught me how to challenge myself and believe in my own abilities as a musician. It has also taught me how to be apart of a team and what it means to be responsible for my own part in activities.
Unlike choir, my bandmates were much more supportive. As I struggled to play a scale everyone clamored to share advice in and help me. I found myself spending more time in the band room, gossiping about the latest song or humorous thing someone said in class. With band I found the loving and empathetic community I always wanted. One day I realized I considered band as my home instead of choir.
It is time to be proactive and advocate for your child’s music program. The loss of music in schools with have a negative impact on performance at an academic and social level. Some children will no longer have the ability to experience the passion that music provides. It is possible to balance a student’s academic needs with the arts, without sacrificing learning and