As I was sitting at my son’s school today (last day of school *sigh*) – one of the middle school musical groups – a steel drum band – was performing. They were quite good. And it got me thinking – I know a lot of people feel like teens are up to no good – but when you hear the combined talents of these kids – grades 6 through 8 – it is pretty remarkable. I decided to record part of it on my cell phone. My son is NOT in this group – I just found a group of young teens pretty darn impressive. It just goes to show you what can happen when a community as a whole and specific adults in the community support a music program, great things can happen. I apologize for the quality of the recording. It was a middle school gym. It was the last day of school – there was a lot of ambient noise. Plus they’d already started when I decided to record. But in spite of that – they sound terrific:
And here’s the middle school jazz band. I don’t think they sound middle school at all. My son is in this group.
Here’s my point – and I do have one. Music programs – and all extracurricular activities – in the school give kids a great foundation for life. They keep them off of the street. They give kids a passion that may carry on for life. They may give them a career. Not just steel drums. Not just jazz band. But choir. Sports. Journalism. Knowledge bowl. Thank goodness for all of the adults that lead these groups and give our kids a place to belong.