1. It Looks Great on College Applications! Marching band is much more then a extra curricular activity, and colleges understand the hard work and dedication that is required of marching band. Some colleges and universities even offer special scholarships for marching band members regardless of whether or not they plan on majoring in music.
2. Marching Band will Ease the High School Transition! The move from middle school to high school can be a scary and nerve racking experience for any student. However marching band can ease that transition by allowing students to make plenty of new friends before high school even begins.
3. Marching Band Builds Self Confidence and Personal Values! Through self discipline, marching band members gain a set of personal values which include: hard work, attention to detail, team orientation and professionalism.
Also, with the added time of performing on their instruments, marching band students often work to become the best musicians in the music department. Most of the Jazz Express (top jazz ensemble) wind players participate in marching band in the fall. The top performing curricular band, the Wind Ensemble, has many marching band students creating the core of the ensemble.
4. Because it will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lifetime! Unlike other activities, the lessons, values, and skills learned through marching band will still be practical, even after you graduate high school.
How do I Join the Mustang Marching Band? If you are an incoming 9th grader or a current 9th, 10th, or 11th grader who is interested in becoming a member of the award-winning Mainland Regional High School Marching Band, please contact Mr. Ratcliffe or your current band director for more information.