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The Struggles of Being in Band

Football games are full of fun, student get to hang out with friends, have a good time and relax, but the best part of the game is the halftime show when band gets to display their months of hard work. The performance is always great entertainment and then the football game continues, but what people don’t know is what really happens behind scenes to get a band ready for marching season. The practices and the countless hours of hard work the students put in to give a fantastic performance.

Band students usually practice approximately 10 hours a week. Around one hour during school and then an additional three hours on Tuesday nights. Several band students were asked questions about their band experience. Anette Castillo, a sophomore, says that band brings unity. “I’m in band because I like how band is like a family.”

The main struggle of being a part of band is that it requires a lot of time and dedication. Band kids say despite all the hours spent work students still manage to find time to do homework and be involved in other extracurricular activities.

We asked does band affect your social life and surprisingly students don’t believe it does. “I think it  made my social life better because I meet new people every year.” All the students said band makes them part of a family who cares for each other. “Band is worth it because it’s fun and you create a little family, you get to go to new places, and everyone supports you,” said Aimee Esperanza.

Band members have different reasons as to why they are in band. One student said that band could eventually lead her scholarship opportunities for college while others are in band because they want to learn to play an instrument for fun.

Band can be stressful but with hard work and commitment, the members can give everyone an outstanding performance and benefit themselves as well.

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