Marching band is a great way for kids to learn life skills. These can then be applied to real-world scenarios like job interviews or handling difficult situations.
In the first installment of our two-part series, we take a look at three skills kids learn by being a part of a marching band:
A marching band is like any sports squad. Individual talent must collectively come together in order for the overall team to be successful.
A marching band consists of a variety of different musicians and talent. These include brass, woodwinds, percussion and, sometimes, the color guard.
Encourage everyone to get to know the whole team, especially those outside their particular section. This way the band and the color guard will work well on and off the field.
2. Time management
If you start rehearsal at, say, 5:30 p.m. and band members arrive right at 5:30, they should be considered late. Make it known that to be on time is to be late, and to be 10 minutes early is to be on time. Doing so will instill responsibility into your marching band, which, in turn, will prepare a more organized and cohesive group of musicians. These time management lessons will also help members later in life when they move beyond school walls.
Excellent musicians must practice a lot. That means they'll likely have to surrender shopping after school, playing video games on the weekend and watching TV. To be a great member of a marching band, a person will have to prioritize his or her hobbies to be the center of a performance.