6 Things I Learned From Being In Band

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Kaitlyn Wells

With marching band season coming into full swing, I cannot help but think back on my high school years. In high school I was one of the band geeks. There was marching band to musical pit band to jazz band to pep band to show choir band to concert band… If it had something to do with the band program, chances are pretty good that I was involved with it at some point. But that is something that I was definitely not ashamed of then and I am still not ashamed of now. Band taught me so many lessons in life, but marching band taught me the most.

1. Hard work.

One thing marching band teaches you is hard work. Everyone thinks it must be easy to walk around a field and hold an instrument. Why wouldn’t it be easy, right? Wrong. Marching band is tough. It is trying. And at times, trust me, you feel like giving up. To those who think it is easy- try learning 60 sets (that is what those forms that we move to are called), the music for four songs (can I add that your music has to be memorized?), and move halfway across the field in 16 counts. However, learning hard work through marching band can help set the tone for your work ethic for the rest of your life.

2. Dedication.

To be in marching band, you have to be dedicated. You give up a week of your summer for band camp. For one week, you are on the field at 8 a.m. sharp learning the basics of marching. There are also early morning or late night rehearsals. There are times when you are at the school until 9:30 or 10 at night just to fit in those last sets; that takes dedication. You also commit to giving up at least four weekends of your fall and miss out on sitting with your non-band friends at Friday night football games. There is a lot of time and dedication that goes into being a part of the marching band.

3. Positivity

Positivity is another lesson that marching band teaches you. During those early morning or late night rehearsals, the last thing you probably want to be is positive. You are exhausted, you are stressed, and you are about ready to yell at the person next to you for forgetting their spot for the fifth time that rehearsal. You can’t do that though, because yelling would only make matters worse. Marching band teaches you to constantly encourage those around you and to be positive in all situations, even if you are in the worst of moods.

4. Respect

That is a small word that holds a lot of meaning for me when it comes to marching band. There are many times that you do not agree with the director, the drum majors or the section leader. However, out of respect for them you do not fight it. Those people are in charge of you and in order for things to run smoothly and for you to be the best you can be, you have to respect them. And if you are lucky, they will return the same respect back to you.

5. Pride

Nothing brings more pride than representing your school and your community all over the state and the country. Many directors push this on their bands- pride in what you are doing and pride in where you come from. Being proud of where you come from and what you are doing is essential to participating in marching band- the pride you have really does show when you are out on the field performing.

6. Family

Family is by far the best part of marching band. Marching band connects you with so many people who you might have not otherwise found. It is easy to find your best friends in marching band, and you know that you are part of an organization that will always have your back. Whether it be a rough day at school or a serious problem at home, the family that is formed within the marching band will always be there to listen to your struggles and be your shoulder to cry on.

Hard work. Dedication. Positivity. Respect. Pride. Family. Those are all lessons that I learned in just four short years of marching band. So you see, being a band geek is not really that bad. Sometimes being a band geek can teach you the best lessons you will ever learn.

6 Reasons Why Marching Band is a Sport

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Larissa Kristen Rucker


Marching band. It’s one of the oldest ways to celebrate something, and one of the things people most look forward to during parades. There have even been movies, TV shows, and even songs about it. Marching band is also used–in the form of pep band– to jazz up sports games, and halftime shows; playing music the crowd knows and can get involved in. And it is also a vital part of many teens’ middle school, high school, and college experience–including my own (I was in color-guard). One thing, though, that I hardly ever see discussed, that I think should be, is how band is a sport. Yes, really. I think it’s even at the level of football. And here’s why.

1. The definition

By definition, a sport is: an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Which is exactly what marching band is. There’s even a scoring system, and after almost every parade with bands, there’s an award ceremony where the bands receive there scores and find out their place.

2. The time commitment

Free time? What’s free time? Just like any other sports practice, band practice is held almost every day. Once someone joins band, it’s time to say goodbye to their social life. During school, whatever free time you have during the day is occupied by band. After school is occupied by band. A free Saturday becomes a myth. Sunday is the time to recover… for about five minutes before you practice the song or movements you need to improve on.

3. Especially if you’re a part of something else

Marching band is already a huge commitment, but if you’re part of color-guard or the drum line… the phrase ‘free time’ leaves your vocabulary. The practices start even earlier in the year, and go even longer. Not only are there separate judges for color-guard and drumline, but there are also separate competitions: Winterguard and Drum Corps. And both go all the way to international competitions. How many sports can you think of that have that?

4. The strength it requires

Marching itself, with the choreographed movements throughout the performance of the band, is already pretty exhausting. But, the people in it are also lugging around their instruments. Some of them, like the sousaphones (the big silver instruments above) weigh 30-35 pounds. And drums, depending on their size, come in at around 20. Even if the instrument isn’t incredibly heavy, it has to be held up throughout the performance, or even the whole parade, which still requires some pretty serious arm strength. There’s usually some great muscle hidden under a band uniform.

5. Including the mental strength

The first part of the mental strength band kids have comes from dealing with band practice. If the instruments or equipment won’t be too damaged when practice is finished, a band director won’t call it off. I’ve been through band practice in extreme heat, rain, snow, a hurricane… Well, just kidding. Only the first three.

The second part comes from the mental strength band kids need to get through a parade. They have to remember the entire performance choreography, their music, their cues, what they need to improve on, to check that they are still in line with those around them… and that’s only one performance. But the song is played at least two or three times in a parade.

6. Field Band

Marching band is crazy, but field band is even crazier. And most bands do both. Everything mentioned above is multiplied by about 1,000. Practices can last all day, and even well into the night. And they go the whole band season. A multitude of songs are played, and the performances are even longer. Sometimes, there’s even more running than marching. A good example of a field band is Ohio State (pictured above). How is that not a sport?

Marching band and field band are widely loved by those in it, and those who watch. Lots of time, effort, and even money go into each performance you see. I believe that marching band should be given the recognition it deserves and finally be called a sport.

Skyward Access to Monitor Your Student at KMS

family_access_logoAll North Kitsap School District students, parents and guardians have been provided access to Skyward to receive information about the student.

Skyward is a software company specializing in K–12 administrative software packages used in schools to manage and store information pertaining to Student Management, Human Resources, Financial Management, Food Service and Special Education.

Go to Skyward Information Page for NKSD

2016/17 Booster Meeting Dates

bandparent3d-300Hello and welcome to what is sure to be a fabulous year ahead!

At our first Booster meeting, we voted to meet every other month. Meetings will be on the 1st Wednesdays, (see below), and will begin at 7:00 pm to 7:30pm. We will do our best to keep the meetings short and sweet, we know everyone is busy! There will be a few special meetings sprinkled in for important items such as Trips! This year one of our proposed to trips is to Victoria, BC! That is a big trip and we will definitely have a longer meeting to explain it all. You will also meet your student chaperones and/or ask any questions you may have.

Booster meetings are an excellent way for us to share communications with you, and you with us. If you have any questions, the meetings are perfect, we’ll see you there! We will need to vote from time to time and YOU have a vote. You are a Booster member for as long as your child is in the KMS Band program. So join in and give us your Yea or your Nay.

Here is the list of Booster meetings for our year:

October 5

December 7

February 1

April Mandatory Trip Meeting 12

May 4 Surprise in Store! Also Nominations for Exec Board 2017/18

June 7 or 12, TBD, Vote in Exec Board 2017/2018


See’s Candy Fundraising

Oh my! The excitement of it all! We have not one, not two, but three…yes THREE, See’s Candy Coordinators!!!

What a wonderful thing to have! See’s Candy is our number one way to raise funds for trips! Many students pay for their entire trip just by selling these yummy candy bars, so I am grateful that we have such a fabulous team running this for our Band this year!

If you would like check out See’s Bars please contact one of the Dream Team: Melody, Leasa or Tiffany:

Melody Bidtah: sklallam5@gmail.com

Leasa O’Dell: leasaodell@gmail.com

Tiffany White: (waiting email)





Welcome Our Fundraising Coordinator

We have a fundraising coordinator this year! I am so excited about this! Having a fundraising coordinator is a huge help in, well, coordinating fundraising! If you have any ideas, or would like to host a fundraiser then please contact our fundraising coordinator. She will be the liaison between you and the Exec Board. Simple! Wonderful!

Without further adieu please welcome the fabulous Robbie Sinopole! She can be reached at: robbiesinopole@gmail.com or by phone: 360-621-6715.

There are many, many types of fundraisers and anyone can host one. So if you are hoping to help out this year but you are not sure how, host a fundraiser! They can be as simple as popcorn or as involved as an auction.

Fundraisers are a GREAT way to pay for your students trip. We currently have ONE underway: See’s Candy, but we need and would love more. Our proposed trip is to Victoria this year and there may be other exciting things happening too that will require payment. The more fundraisers the better!

There are two types we need each year: General and Individual. The General fundraisers are to keep the Booster account in funds to pay for instrument repair, new band items, the bills (yes even non-profits get bills too), and other miscellaneous items. Individual fundraisers are funds raised directly to pay for a student’s trip cost.

Don’t be shy, this is a great way to be involved that is as simple or involved as you wish.

KMS band performs in two countries in two days

canada-usa-border-smallThe Kingston Middle School band is arguably one of the hardest-working bands around. In May, the band performed in two countries over a three-day period. / Sophie Bonomi / Herald

KINGSTON — The hardest-working band around might not be Modest Mouse or 5 Seconds Of Summer.

The average age in this group is 12, and when these musicians aren’t performing they’re likely doing homework.

It’s the Kingston Middle School band.
The band performed in Bremerton’s Armed Forces Day Parade and Poulsbo’s Viking Fest Parade on May 21. Immediately following, the musicians boarded buses and headed to Victoria, B.C., where they performed May 22 at the Parliament Building several times, and then marched in the Victoria Day Parade on May 23. They then quickly packed up and got home by midnight so they could get back to school the next day.

Ask KMS band director Jeffery Haag and he will tell you these kids are special and they work hard.

“I’ve got high expectations for my students,” Haag said. “These guys tend to play above their grade level. We learn the fundamentals and we work hard as a team … You’d be amazed. As a group you can do amazing things.”

The band performed four times that long weekend and competed against more than 20 bands from the U.S. and Canada in both high school and middle school categories.

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