Why Stay in Band?

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While not all middle schools require you to choose between the main three music branches (orchestra, choir, and band), FISD does. When I moved here before 8th grade, I had no knowledge of this since I was in band at my old school and I was going to at my new school. I choose band because I loved music. To me, band was a way to be more involved in music. Since band isn’t required in high school, what inspires band members to stay? It gives you your P.E. credit and Fine Arts credit, but it’s hard work so why not leave and do something easier?

For Peyton Guziec, she was always interested in music, but it was a requirement so she chose band to get her credits out of the way.

“I just did it because I needed a Fine Arts credit,” said Peyton.  “I mean I like it, it’s really fun. I’m not doing it next year.”

For Riddhi Gosavi, however, it was because of a long lasting interest in music.

“Oh, well I was always interested in music, and I wanted to learn how to play an instrument, and the clarinet seemed interesting, so I learned it, and now I love it,” stated Riddhi. “I love playing the clarinet, so I don’t want to stop, so as of now, I am staying in band all four years.”

Overall, it seems that staying in band is the best option even if it is for one year. You get to establish a good group of friends you share interests with and knock out two required credits with one class.There is no substitute or replacement for music making as it relates to the positive growth and development of the human mind, body, and spirit,” according to Tim Lautzenheiser (author of the article WHY MUSIC? WHY BAND?). “Participation in band avails the musician to the infinite journey of creative expression connecting to a language (music) that is understood, communicated, and appreciated by all of mankind around the globe. More importantly, MUSIC IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE.