The purpose is to teach them how to behave like ladies and gentlemen in Jr. High. I don’t know if it works, but it is a nice program. That young lady’s older brother loved the experience and was crushed when he wasn’t chosen to be one of the “older sponsors” when he got to HS. They could choose 8 older boys, and there were 21 applications. So, he is throwing himself into marching band where he is the percussionist extroidinaire. For a shy kid, I would have never predicted it.
The percussion section is on the sideline while the rest of the band is on the field, and he is under the spotlight when they perform. He “dances” when he plays the marimba and has been the “hit” of the football half time show all year. Saturday he played the clashing cymbals as they led the annual Christmas parade. This from the kid who said he’d never march and had to be coerced to join the program. I credit Cotillion for his new found self confidence.
I hope this percussionist you mentioned is or will participate in DCI (Drum Corps International) in the summer. VRWCboy marched with the Cavaliers this summer and enjoyed the experience. He plans to march each of the next two summers until he ages out.