Extracurricular activities are important for students to get involved in. It lets them socialize and learn skills that will help them after graduation, like leadership and teamwork. It’s also a great way to stay active and integrate them into school culture. If your student is in the school’s concert band or knows how to play an instrument, why not encourage them to join the marching band as well? If they don’t know how to play an instrument, encourage them to join the band’s color guard! There are many reasons why marching band and color guard are great activities students can join—here are a few of them.


It gets them active.


Marching band is a very physical activity for students to join. Students have to practice just as much as any other sports team at school, giving them cardio and aerobic workouts while learning their drill sets and carrying instruments around. It’s not just walking from spot to spot either; marching bands have to move using a certain technique that’ll get them to their next spot without the sound coming from their instruments warbling. If your student is looking for a physical activity that boosts their creativity, look no further than marching band.


Everyone participates.


There’s no picking and choosing when you’re part of a marching band—everyone works together as one cohesive unit to give a proper show to their audience. One person missing in the drill set will be noticeable to those looking at the show from above, so each person’s participation is crucial in the band’s ultimate success. There’s no need to play an instrument if you want to join the marching band, either: color guard, honor guard, prop managers, and other positions all join together to make sure the show goes off without a hitch.


It teaches leadership and discipline.


As mentioned above, a marching band is one cohesive unit. Everyone has to work together to put the band’s show on well, which means a lot of discipline and leadership goes into the months leading up to the first show. All students must be uniform in how they march, how they play, and how they focus when on the field. Students can even become drum majors, a position that acts as the band’s conductor, or section leaders, students who lead their instrument section through music and marching. 


Student leaders, in particular, learn how to communicate well with others and offer both positive feedback and constructive criticism to their peers—skills they can use well after graduation. All students can also learn skills like conflict management and problem-solving to keep the band together and ready to go.