Here at McDowell Exchange School, second period is an interesting one. This is because we have a choice of what class to take during that period. We can choose from band, choir, or just guided study. All of these classes are a great thing to do, but today we are just going to talk about one particular class: Band.
The junior high band is, in my opinion (I might be a tad bit biased), is a great class to take and a fun and rewarding one as well. We are given songs which we practice everyday on our instruments, and all of that practice leads up to a big concert or parade. Band is also a great place to make friends that we wouldn’t of made if we had not taken the class. The band, like all school bands, is divided into three groups of instruments: The woodwind, percussion, and brass.
The brass family includes some notable instruments like the trumpet, trombone, and tuba. I play the trumpet. The woodwind family includes instruments like the flute, clarinet, and the saxophone. Finally, we have the percussion family: The backbone of the band. This family of instruments provide the beat of the song. Some instruments in this family include the snare drum, bass drum, tenor drums (only in marching band), cymbals, xylophones, triangles, and… woodblocks? Yeah… Anyway, in the end, it all comes down to how we sound as a group, rather than how we sound individually.
The McDowell band is actually two bands. One for eighth grade, and one for seventh grade. We practice separately, but perform together. Our seventh grade band consists of fourteen kids. Five trumpets, one flute, one clarinet, one tuba, four drums, and two xylophones. For concerts, we rely on the eighth grade band for trombones and saxophones, since the seventh grade band doesn’t have anyone who plays those instruments. We have a winter and spring concert, and we marched in some parades at the local Pumpkin Show just recently.
So, there you have it. The McDowell band is a great class that this school offers and there are many benefits that you people gain from this class. Anyways, thank you for reading my blog. Comment if any of you are in band and what instrument you play. Bye!