A football game just wouldn’t be the same without music- music from a high school marching band, that is. Intermission may be the time many sports fans head to the concessions, but let’s admit it, once the band starts to play, you’re tapping your toes the entire time. Nothing livens up a long queue like a moldy oldie, or a familiar sports tune with a great beat. While proud moms and dads kick back in their seats, to take in the halftime show, the musicians perform on the field, following countless hours of rehearsal- with help from companies like Catfish Music. Whether you’re attending a game under the Friday night lights, or an NFL game, cameras remain focused on the field, in anticipation of the high school band’s halftime performance.
Sports enthusiasts are no doubt familiar with the regular flow of musical favorites. If you’ve ever wondered, while standing in the concession line, what the name was, of the song the band was playing, you may be surprised to know that there is a regular list of football favorites played during games. The next time a familiar tune is played by the local high school marching band, it just may be one of these top ten halftime songs.
1. This is How We Do It
2. Gonna be a Lovely Day
3. Crazy Train
4. Gonna Fly Now (theme from Rocky)
5. The Hey Song
7. Are you ready for some football
8. Fight On
9. Welcome to the Jungle
10. The Final Countdown
No matter where you go, music is a part of the fabric of our society. It is the way in which cultures carry forward their ideals and ideas. The benefits of learning music are invaluable, especially when they begin at an early age. Teenagers participating in orchestra or band, for example, are reported to have the lowest lifetime substance usage. This is according to the Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Teens in music programs also have higher marks in education, especially in the areas of math and science. This is because music helps teens develop mathematical concepts. The U.S. Department of Education states, “Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students’ understanding and appreciation of the world around them. It is also well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to a child’s intellectual development.”
It is unfortunate that many music programs have faded from public school curricula. Music education should always be integrated into the life of any teen. Music encourages critical thinking by utilizing both sides of the brain. As one side of the brain controls reason, the other side of the brain controls creativity. Learning music has also been shown to improve one’s memory, relax the body and beat daily stress.
With public school music programs being a thing of the past, it is still possible to enroll your children in public or private music lessons. Companies such as Catfish Music offer a wide array of music teaching specialists, possessing a world of excellent teaching skills, along with enjoying the teaching of music. By ensuring your children participate in music programs, any music programs, you are ensuring they are exposed to one of the most beautiful arts of the human culture.
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The next time someone teases you about playing in your high school band, rattle off the names of these famous people that participated in their high school bands. There’s a good chance that many, if not most, of these now famous people were also teased at some point, for playing in their high school band. It may surprise you to know that each of these celebrities became famous for their artistic talents and went on to become world-class musicians, movie producers, professional sports players, famous writers, educators and even a US president. You can bet the students who once teased these now famous faces are singing a different tune.
Students who play in high school marching bands are following in the footsteps of many famous people, some of whom are considered amongst the hottest celebrities of all time. Included on this marching band list includes names such as Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Tommy Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. While Julia played the clarinet, Halle sounded the flute, Samuel favored the French Horn and Tommy Lee never moved away from playing the drums
Just as Tommy Lee continued to advance his music career with Motley Crue, many other famous faces also carried on in their musical dreams. Take Celine Dion for example, who played the flute as did Gwen Stefani . Gloria Estefan began her rhythm with the clarinet while Lionel Richie started with the saxophone. Other famous musicians who played in high school bands include Aretha Franklin, Steven Tyler and Trent Reznor.
Famous actors such as Calista Flockhart, Richard Gere, Woody Allen, Tom Selleck and Jennifer Garner all marched to the beat of their high school band, while the wildly successful New York businessperson, economist, scientist and politician Alan Greenspan played the clarinet for his high school band. Even movie producer Steven Spielberg, basketball star Vince Carter and previous president Bill Clinton, all marched to the same cultural beat.
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