The perks of school marching band

A mom takes a humorous but heartfelt look at “the magic that is high school marching band,” from the camaraderie of teamwork, and the leveled playing field created by outfits that look a little weird on everyone; to the high expectations of the saints-among-us teachers, and the undeniable benefits of arts education.

If you’re hesitating—or if your teenager is hesitating—don’t. Trust me, marching band is not just the dorky kids in terrible uniforms. I mean, yes, it is dorky kids in terrible uniforms, but it is also so much more than that, and it’s wonderful. (Plus, hey, it turns out many of those dorky kids are hilarious, and/or brilliant, and/or they transform into self-assured young adults over time….)

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