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From taking steps in unison to counting in your head, while playing more than 80 measures worth of memorized music, you can say band is a very challenging sport.  Yes, band IS a sport.  

 Freshman Nancy Crespo, whom is a new addition to the Wild West Band, said, “I saw a lot of people who were doing it for the first time and I caught on.”

Marching consists of multiple sets of steps on counts that are tied together with music, all steps must be on time or else you become off time and you will stick out from the group who is marching in unison.

When marching your first step must be taken with your left foot then followed by your right foot and so forth, you can’t bend your knees, you also can’t look at where you’re going, you must face directly in the middle of your audience or your nearest drum major and nowhere else, as if marching in time at 160 beats per minute wasn’t hard enough.

Band is a great learning experience for everyone. Band teaches students responsibility by making students look after their things like knowing where your music is and memorizing your music before a performance. It also teaches discipline, the discipline you experience at practice will most likely benefit you in the future.

Band even teaches students to be on time, Mr. Crofton the head band director of the Wild West Band said, “If you’re early, you’re on time, if you’re on time, you’re late.”

Band helps build people, it lets them come out of their shell and blossom into a confident person. It takes a lot guts, confidence, courage, perseverance, and willingness to move forward as a person and a band member.

How well you do in band reflects on your actions and decisions.