I asked some of the members and directors of the Beech High School Marching Band in Hendersonville, Tn to give me quotes about what band does and brings to their lives and community. So much research has been done again recently on the positive benefit of music to lives and character everyday, and specifically its relationship between academic performance and cognitive ability.
So what is it about this crazy marching band life that appeals to folks anyway?
Marching band is team work. There are few other things that take the team work required to have a successful marching band and it's because of that team work life long friendships are made. A marching bands' goal is to have unified thoughts and actions throughout the season. To get each and every band member to think this way connections to each other have to forum and leaders need to encourage and guide the band. When a new marcher steps into band camp all they know to do is follow the veterans lead try their hardest to succeed. Aside from the basics the best friendships are formed during this time. It's almost unavoidable to forum at least one friend between the approximately 57 practices, many many football games, and competitions. I do not regret for one second joining marching band. It has dominated my life for the past five years and rarely throughout the season did my mind focus on much else. It has taught me how to be a leader and follower, how to encourage others and myself to be the best that they can be, and most importantly how to be myself. I have met so many people through marching band and have had friendships that I hope last a lifetime. Now that my seasons are over I'm not sure how to enjoy the end of my summers without practices and conversations of the latest show theme is, but as mentioned before I do not regret investing my time and energy into the Beech Buccaneer Brigade.
Music means so much to Kendall- check out her Youtube Miss Musical Dreams here!
Band practices start in July, and the season concluded in November. During an average season students practice between 4-9+ hours in temperatures ranging from 100-30 degrees, rain or shine.
Marching band has brought my quiet daughter to a place of confidence and pride in her work. She has learned to speak up, lead, and work hard toward new goals. As a parent, I take pride in knowing my child is part of a great organization, and we spend many Friday nights and Saturdays together at football games and competitions. The community spirit we feel from other families with children in the band is like a large family, and although volunteering for the band can be hard work and long hours, I wouldn't change it for anything. -Kim Waltenbaugh
The Brigade performed at Cornerstone Church for a Back To School special focusing on community and mascots.
2016 was the first year for Beech Buccaneer Brigade Alumni Night. Organized by the Band Booster fundraiser team of Jana Allen Smith and Lori Newbern Johns. every graduated band member-ever- was invited to come back to play in the stands and open the game festivities. The event will be annual so get out your instruments!
One of the last events in the marching season before the transition into concert performance season is the Hendersonville Christmas parade.