One thing that the students experienced was the feeling of accomplishment achieved after a lot of hard work. The marching band activity teaches many great life lessons beyond music and movement. Delayed gratification, goal setting, never quitting, teamwork, and the list goes on. We need to encourage ALL Pope Band students to try one of our marching band activities. You don't learn the same lessons by just being in a class period every day or performing on the occasional concert.
Many times, students are just nervous about being able to move, play, and memorize music. As the students told us Friday night after the game, they all felt a great sense of pride in all that they had learned and performed. Their doubts and fears were gone, and looking back, they now realize how unfounded they were.
Some students express concern over time and schoolwork being a problem during marching band....yet hundreds of thousands of kids do it every Fall all across the country. Our students actually express that their grades are better during the busy Fall season. (They can't procrastinate and have to use time wisely). Some students want to do multiple activities, community sports, etc. We all enjoy variety, but the real question is "What are you LEARNING in addition to just having fun?" There are community and recreational sports opportunities year round and for all ages (even senior citizens!), but there is ONE four year period when you can be a part of high school marching band and gain the benefits of participation.
We are very proud of our kids for their performance on Friday...and we thank the band staff for their many hours of guidance and expertise in preparing the students to perform. We have a very strong program and many wonderful opportunities for student growth. Come watch us as