To March or Not to March?

For those of you who missed our program To March or Not to March, here's what you missed.

Attending was a panel of 5 parents, from Panther Creek and from Apex High Bands who talked a bit about their child’s experience, and then addressed any questions anyone had. What followed was a interesting and lively discussion about Marching Band.  

Marching band at Panther Creek High School is an elective course during the normal school day. During marching season, marching band practices once a week after school for three hours. There is an expectation of students to march at Panther Creek High School.

Marching band at Apex High School is voluntary. Marching band practice is held after school for about three hours a day three times a week. During marching season, an occasional Friday night practice might be added if needed.

Both schools conduct band camp before the start of each academic school year (late July/early August).

Benefits of joining marching band…

  • ·Provides kids with a safe place to fit in and belong.
  • ·Upcoming freshman already know 100+ peers and upper classmen on the first day of high school.
  • ·Upcoming freshman are already know the layout of the school on the first day.
  • ·Kids learn to be a part of a whole.·Kids learn valuable life skills including team work, leadership, time management, etc.
  • ·Kids genuinely appreciate parent support and encouragement.
  • ·Ample opportunities for parent involvement with varying time commitments.
  • ·Kids and parents build lasting friendships with fellow students and parents.
  • ·Marching band consumes a significant amount of time which can be a good thing for high school kids.
  • ·Kids have opportunities represent the school in the community.
  • ·Parents are able to be active with kids and school during a time when kids typically distance themselves from parents and parent involvement in school might dwindle.
  • ·Kids strengthen chops.
  • ·Fun bus trips with friends.
  • ·Strong bonds are formed through practice, performances and competitions.

Other notes...

  • ·Band consists of kids who you want your kids hanging out with.
  • ·Encourage kids to try it for a year. Two of the parents on the panel had children who didn’t take marching band their first year, and they regret not doing so. Two other parents made their students take marching band “just for one year.” Those students returned enthusiastically.
  • ·Students and parents are encouraged to attend 8th grade nights and open houses to get more info about individual bands.·Coordination is not a prerequisite...anyone can learn to march.
  • ·Seasoned marchers are great at helping rookies.
  • ·Sections become like family and get together beyond band.
  • ·If you do not play a “marching instrument” you can learn to play one, or join the color guard.