The transition from middle school to high school is often easier for band students because you get to start the school year with built-in friends and mentors. Incoming band freshmen, or 8th graders who choose to participate in The Trojan Marching Band as it may be, will have immediate contact with upperclassmen, who are happy to help show new students the ropes. High school band is a wonderful elective for students in a multitude of ways.
In The Arts: An Essential Ingredient in Education, J. Buchen Milley states that “research shows that when arts are included in the student’s curriculum, reading, writing and math scores improve. Like all arts, music has a profound effect on the academic success of the student. Band is a group effort. Members are required to shift from an I/Me reasoning to a We/Us concept. This means extending oneself beyond the normal considerations of much of our day-to-day living. Instead of the logic being, what’s in it for me, it becomes, what’s in it for us. The values of cooperation, communication, concentration, correlation and completion come into play each rehearsal and performance.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about The Midlothian High School Trojan Bands, we encourage you to join us on at The 15th Annual Showcase of Bands on October 1, 2022 at Midlothian High School, on October 11, 2022 at County Band Night at Monacan High School, and/or on October 21, 2022 for Middle School Band Night at the Midlothian High School Football Game. Please check our Schedule for details on all of these events as they become available, as well as Winter and Spring Concert dates and events.