everyone’s probably tired of hearing about this from me, but i’d just like to say for the millionth time, band is hard. it’s so, so hard. it doesn’t matter what instrument you play. the amount of skill necessary to march and play an instrument at the same time is huge. we practice music at least every weekday, but sometimes we go outside and march during class too. we have two, sometimes three days of after school practice until six. it’s usually so hot outside when we do this. we have to bring sunscreen to school and store it in the band room so that we don’t get blisters from being in the sun constantly. we. work. so. hard. i know you may not understand because you think marching is just walking and that playing an instrument is just something you can do easily. even if your instrument is small, it’s hard. woodwinds have like 5 million buttons that they have to remember the functions for and sometimes their music is crazy and they have to march while playing it. brass players have to memorize embouchures for different notes. we only have three buttons, so we have to adjust our lips for different pitches and partials. percussionists have to learn all these weird terms and what they mean and stick heights and crazy rhythms, while marching and while not. we’re always exhausted from constant practicing. we have to get up so early for competitions and we’re at the school so late. i’m in the band room more than i’m anywhere else. and don’t even get me started on parades. i HATE parades. we have to walk so so slow and our instruments get so heavy, especially tubas. my arms hurt for days afterwards. and then we get to concert band. we have to learn scales. then there’s auditions. you have to put in so so much work and even then, you might not make it. band takes over our lives and we absolutely love it no matter how frustrating it gets. i love the hours in the hot sun because that’s my family. i love staying after school every day of the week during audition season because i know i’m working so hard and making myself better. my bandmates know that i complain a lot when it gets hot and when my tuba gets too heavy and when it’s too early or too late. but i wouldn’t trade it for the world. band is so, so hard. band kids are dedicated, smart, and have so much talent. band is something you can’t take from any of us, and you never will. we are a family. we always will be. and if you think band is easy or band kids are stupid or lazy, you’re wrong. and i have a lot of people who’ll back me up on that.