We’ve all been part of a group before, whether it’s a group of friends or an extracurricular activity, but just how often does that group feel more like a family than anything else? To some, Marching band is a minute part of our school, but to others, such as Senior Sami Manick, Marching Band is a culture and a family.
“I have been in marching band since the summer after eighth grade. I have a wonderful connection with the band directors due to marching band, and I feel connected to every member of the band, as well. We really are a family,” said Manick.
Marching band gives students the opportunity to express themselves through music and exceed in something other than school. Recognition has a large impact on who we are in early years and who we will become later. Getting involved in activities such as Marching Band gives students, whether they exceed in school or not, the opportunity to do well.
“My personal favorite memory as an individual last season is when I put my everything into marching a parade, more than I ever had before, and then I won the Golden Dinkle. I know it sounds lame, but the Golden Dinkle is awarded by our director at the end of every parade to the best visual performer of the day,” said Manick.
People may expect one kind of person to be such an activity as Marching Band, allowing them to get along very well, but that isn’t true in the slightest.
“Marching band is made up of every kind of person, but marching band makes us a family. We’re hard workers, but we know how to have fun. We are nice and respectful, and way more comfortable with each other than we probably should be. Mostly, we’re a bunch of band geeks,” said Manick.