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Marching Band Struggles

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No other community matches the diverse range of activities found in a marching band. As a musical activity, physical activity, performance art, and social catalyst, my high school marching band has been one of the largest driving forces in my life thus far. Eighth graders with a non-existent musical background interacted daily with a Senior who has already set his sights on music education; the marching unit brings its members together into a tight knit community that shares the struggles of intense practice, schoolwork, and general teenage life in a way that is free of predefined boundaries that are present in many other aspects of life. Race, age, gender: disregarded in favor of personal effort, enthusiasm, and dedication. The marching unit
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