Why should I do Band in High School?

Benefits of Being in Band

Family

 Band provides another environment and family atmosphere for band members to lean on.

For our underclassmen, there are many upperclassmen to learn from who have been through what they will experience. For our upperclassmen, they will learn to develop leadership skills and give back to others in the way someone gave to them.

 

Camaraderie in the joy of music making

While the band members and staff do work hard, we also enjoy one another’s company on a daily basis, making great music and enjoying sharing our musical gifts with others.

 Our primary goal as musicians is to entertain and share great music with our parents, alumni, and community. Whether playing stand tunes at the football game to fire up the team and the crowd or performing our unique and high-energy competitive show at half time or contests, or jamming out with our jazz bands or percussion ensembles, or sharing passionate and sophisticated literature through our concert bands, there is no end to the wonderful music that we enjoy with one another. We strive to perform at the highest level.

 

Self Confidence

Band affords its members to benefit enormously from participating on a team that breeds excellence.  

All of the students are a part of the greater whole. We experience success and failure together. Most importantly, our band students can take pride in knowing that they contributed to something greater then he or she could do on their own. Band also provides our members with a model of excellence that can boost their confidence in their own abilities in other classes or activities. Band members will learn they really can accomplish goals with a clear plan and a high level of discipline and will be able to tackle other projects outside of band with direction and purpose.

 

Commitment

Band teaches the ability to practice and learn follow through.

“Doing what I say I will do, when I say I will do it”

Band members learn by committing to a practice schedule, accepting responsibility to complete a task and making a promise to their teammates to see a task through to its conclusion. Participation in a team sport, and sticking it out when it isn’t always fun or the rewards aren’t always tangible in the moment, is a lesson that benefits band members far beyond the music classroom.

 

Discipline

 Long rehearsals, memorize drill, memorize music, “Early is on time; on time is late”, manners and respect

 The discipline you experience and practice through band (long rehearsals, being on time, memorizing music) is a foundation for discipline later:  through college, the workplace, and as a parent. Students represent both the school and community when at performances and competitions. Our band is expected to be respectful in all situations, from rehearsals, to football games, to competitions.

 

Conflict Resolution

Band members will face conflict in their lives within their families, with friends, and will also have to learn how to deal and work with people they just plainly don’t like.

 With 100+ members on the team, conflicts are bound to happen. Learning to work through these challenges is a unique opportunity posed through participating in a large team sport.

Band members will not just “learn concepts” of conflict resolution, but will practice them

through the course of their season. They will gain valuable coping skills both in learning how to

“blow off steam” productively and also in how to resolve disputes as they arise.

 

Prioritizing

Facebook, social media, television, and other activities are often more fun than the “to do” list.

Band will help its members learn the importance of giving up unnecessary distractions and prioritizing. Time management experience will serve them well throughout their life.

 

Life is not fair or always fun

Despite our best efforts, sometimes life isn’t fair and it isn’t always fun. Learning how to handle disappointments as well as developing systems for dealing with disappointment is an important part of being in band.

Learning how to handle disappointments as well as developing systems for dealing with disappointment is an important part of being in band. We won’t win every competition. Band members won’t win every chair test, and sometimes they will do everything to the best of their ability and things still won’t go their way. Learning how to bounce back from these disappointments will benefit them in the long run.

 

There is always a “Brighter Star”

No matter how good you are, there is almost always a ” brighter star”. Someone better. In the competitive world we live in, many strive to be at the top. Learning how to handle the fact that you will not win every competition, and you will not always be the best is an important skill.

Whether it is through competition in marching band, chair tests, or the region process, band enables your student to learn that striving for personal excellence is a far more important goal than “being first place.” Learning how to handle when we aren’t always on top teaches that the world will not end if we do not win, or if we aren’t number one in our class.

 

Instant Gratification or Shortcut Patience

There is no shortcut to excellence at playing a sport or an instrument or achieving high marks in the classroom.

There is no shortcut to excellence at playing a sport or an instrument or achieving high marks in the classroom. Each requires diligent study, focused practice, and a high level of commitment, as well as patience. Band members will learn the level of dedication required to achieve excellence in any one skill. Music provides a wonderful outlet for this as it is something than can provide a great deal of enjoyment at all levels.

 

Workforce

While some students are “intrinsically motivated,” others benefit greatly from the structure and discipline band provides.

The real world expects its employees to show up on time. It expects a level of discipline and follow-through, and it expects that if an employee gets paid to do a job, they will do it. Band is truly a “miniature playground for the real world” and places real-worldd expectations on its students that build character and teach independence.

 

Balancing Act

Ultimately, learning how to balance the many requirements of school and band is no different than learning to balance a job, mortgage payments, taking the kids to activities, building in vacation or family time, and other skills that adults face in their lives.

It often seems like our band members who are involved in the most activities, AP classes, and top bands are also the kids who achieve the highest grades. Of course, High School will be different for each and every student. While they are “just teenagers”, learning to balance on their own will prepare them as they head off to college. College requires a high level of independence, and many college students either fail after their first semester or burn out under the stress of work. Band will provide students with tools to help overcome these stresses, and ensure they learn how much is possible in a day, and how to manage their time efficiently.

 

Rewards

A great sense of joy and satisfaction comes from achieving goals either as an individual or as a team.

Band members will be able to celebrate their victories at all levels, whether it is simply overcoming the hurdle of checking off a single measure of music, achieving a personal victory they did not believe was ever possible, or learning the exuberance and exhilaration that comes from a team winning an event together.

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