STUDENT STORIES

Don’t overlook the band

Katie Hamilton
Posted 5/15/17

Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!

You know who the real stars of the night are? Oh. Yeah. The …

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STUDENT STORIES

Don’t overlook the band

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Editor’s note: This is part of a weekly series of columns written by students at Cleveland Middle School.

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!!

You know who the real stars of the night are? Oh. Yeah. The football players.

You know what everyone comes to see? Oh. Yeah. The sports.

But you know what actually makes Friday Night Football fun? That's right, the marching band.

Band is probably one of the least appreciated things to do in school. But, come on, who doesn’t want to learn to play music, and even compete with it?

I have played clarinet since sixth grade, and playing and practicing my instrument is definitely what has made my time at Cleveland Middle School enjoyable. Not only are the people involved in band the most entertaining and interesting people in the school, but the teachers are amazing!

When you start out in sixth grade, it's not exactly the most engrossing part of your band experience. You have to learn all of the notes with acronyms such as “Elvis's Guitar Broke Down Friday,” and “FACE,” and you have to learn all of the different types of notes such as whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. But after you get down the basics of reading music, you finally get to learn to play your instrument.

Your band teacher will teach you to assemble your instrument, and what all the keys mean. He might also take the bell off of your instrument and tell you, "This is not a megaphone.”

Once you finally have gotten down the basics of all the keys and putting together your instrument, you FINALLY, get to play music.

The music played in band gradually increases as you grow as a musician. The first piece you play may be as easy as “Lightly Row” and the difficulty will gradually increase until you are in eighth grade, playing “The Incredibles” theme.

If you are a talented enough musician, you may be able to try out for Junior Clinic, an honor band, in seventh and eighth grade. If you make it, you get to sight-read music for a day and a half, and then get to perform it at a concert. This is one of the most exciting opportunities in band, next to the Six Flags trip at the end of your eighth-grade year.

If you are someone who takes delight in playing music or listening to music, band is the place for you! Band is a brilliant place to make friends for life, and is one of the most memorable things you can do while in school.

Katie Hamilton is an eighth-grader at Cleveland Middle School.

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