If your child seems to have music talent, you should encourage him or her to join a marching band. There are many marching band opportunities for the average child. These include the school band, along with other extracurricular opportunities. If your child has the musical talent and the initiative to join a marching band, then you should encourage him or her in the process. Being part of a marching band is a fun experience for any kid. In order to understand what your child is getting in to when joining a marching band, you should get a better idea of what goes on in the band on a day to day basis.
For a children’s marching band, instruments are usually not up to children to choose. In order to introduce children to all of the instruments, a few weeks will be set aside for each child to try out each instrument. After those weeks finish up, the auditions will be held. Even though every kid will probably want to beat on the drums the most, the teacher will do his or her best to find a kid that can be assigned to each instrument and who has the most natural talent for it.
After everyone has an assigned position within the band, they will start to work together and learn the first song. The first song will probably never be performed outside the safe confines of the school, but will give the band the experience they need in working together to create the best music possible. It will also allow for the kids to decide whether they can stick it out with the assigned instruments, or if they would do better on another one. It may seem like a marching band at that point is fairly pointless, but the practice lays the foundation for skills that will later create a very successful marching band career.
So if you would like your child to be more involved in school activities, it is a good idea to push the idea of a marching band. It’s not just a way to learn to play an instrument well, but also a way to teach your child how to work in a team with other people, to achieve the common goal of producing great music for the enjoyment of an audience.