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Benefits of Being in the Marching Band

Updated on October 11, 2011

I was never in the marching band in high school. Not that I wouldn't have liked it, I just had no talent in that area. My husband was a drummer in the band. Our son has been in the band since fifth grade. He's now a sophomore and this is his second year in the high school marching band, playing the alto saxophone.

I have read about and observed firsthand that there are numerous benefits to being a part of the high school band.

Self-discipline ~ What teen doesn't need self-discipline these days? A rigorous practice schedule during band practice at school, after-school rehearsals, a week or two of band camp in the summer before school starts and individual practices require a lot of self-discipline.

Teamwork ~ While it is very important for students to hone their individual skills on their own instruments, the band moves as a unit during their "show." When one person is off, it throws off others and messes up formations. So, the teens must work together, watching others, and maintaining time and step along with their music.

Commitment ~ Band is not a "blow-off" class. It is hard work. It can also be expensive. Being in the marching band requires a commitment on the part of the student to practice, show up for rehearsals and do his best every day. Aside from that, it's a commitment for parents, too, both financially and time-wise.

Pigeon Forge High School Band, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Pigeon Forge High School Band, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Multiple-skills training ~ Performing in the marching band promotes a lot of skills. Students must have good eye-hand coordination, a sense of rhythm and critical thinking.

Friends for life ~ Being in the band assures students of a group with whom they are familiar. They may not be close friends with everyone but it is a stable circle of students with a common interest.

Competition ~ There is both individual and group competition in band. Individuals may try out for position within their instrument section and become section leader. There are also individual competitions within school districts for students to receive honors. The band competes as a group, as well. What a sense of pride for students when the band scores well in a competition!

Appreciation of the Arts ~ Studies have shown that students who are involved in the arts (music, art) exhibit a higher level of math proficiency than those not involved in the arts. They score better on standardized tests and are more well-rounded academically.

These skills are all beneficial for teens and can be used to succeed later in life.

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    Dawn Romine 

    4 years ago from Nebraska

    My kids were all in marching band and I loved every minute of it!

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    Shelley Watson 

    6 years ago

    Marching bands have always fascinated me. In fact we went out last night to see a performance here of the Scottish and Irish marching bands in an international Tattoo presented in Johannesburg. The bagpipes and the drums, powerful, emotive music. My husband was a drummer in a marching band, unfortunately my son took after me and didn't display any talent! Up, interesting and useful.

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    Deanna992 

    6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    Oh good, last year was a phenomenal year for a lot of corps. Thank you for watching! We really do love performing and I hope to see you in the stands next year!

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Deanna, we went to see the Drum Corps International competition here this past summer. It was unbelievable. I could watch forever.

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    Deanna992 

    6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    I absolutely love marching band! It's amazing how much good it does to people. And it really sticks with your for life. Esmeowl12, have you heard of drum corps? I'm a member of a drum corps and it has been an absolutely amazing experience. :D

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Escapes. I also think it's awesome.

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    Escapes 

    6 years ago

    My daughter is in marching band. I think it is awesome. I have no musical ability whatsoever and I completely enjoy it.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Congrats, formosangirl! I hope your daughter does well (and enjoys) being in the band.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Angela P. My son has lots of stories (and some that I'm sure I don't know about) about competitions and band camp. All part of a great experience for him.

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    angela p 

    6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

    I was in the marching band all through high school. I really believe it kept me out of a lot of trouble. However, we did have our fair share of excitement within the band with all the travel to competitions and band camp. One time at band camp......

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    formosangirl 

    6 years ago from Los Angeles

    My daughter was accepted to the orchestra program mid-year at the beginning of the year and currently is in 4th grade playing the clarinet. It is an instrument that can be played in the band. So, it will be interesting to see what happens, whether she will keep up with it or move over the chorus. Interesting article. Voted up.

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    My son also loves the band acc12. They were very accepting of him, too, when he was a freshman.

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    acc12 

    7 years ago

    My daughter plays flute in the high school marching band. The group was very accepting of the new freshman- she's having a blast. Nice hub!

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    Cindy A Johnson 

    7 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    I've always admired them, too, Gypsy. I now really have an appreciation for them since I'm one of the parents! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    7 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    I've always admired the high school bands in parades. This hub reminded me of the musical "The Music Man" and that great ending with a marching band.

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