The high school concert band has spent approximately two thousand eighty minutes (almost thirty-five hours) giving up our LEAD period in order to prepare for the entertainment we would provide on March 14, during get-out-of-class-free time for the rest of the student body and teachers. What thanks did we get for all of our intense efforts? A talkative, disrespectful concert that not only did no one pay any attention to, people also talked through the entire thing. But, let’s face it, we’re high schoolers. Do we really care if all the attendees pay attention or at least have the common courtesy to be quiet? Not really. But the youngest student that performed on March 14th was nine years old. Maybe this student has dreams of growing up and being the next Taylor Swift or Post Malone and perform in front of millions of people. This was their first time performing in front of someone that wasn’t their parents or teachers. And you know what happened? They were ignored and talked over. Now, that young kid with so many dreams and so much potential believes that they are not good enough to fulfill those dreams.
A typical scene during a Welcome Back Assembly or Pep Rally, the high school concert band in the auditorium. Due to the success and growth of the music program, the band is tight on space on the stage. Moreover, the school simply can not fit grades 7-12 in the auditorium, moving Music In Our Schools to a venue not ideal for music – a school gymnasium.
As a marching band, we never flinch at being asked to do anything for the school: pep rallies, pep parades, basketball games, football games, soccer games, and so much more. Even when these things are thrown together last minute, we are there, playing and hyping up the crowd. We asked everyone to be there for one hour, and they were uncultured and irresponsible and frankly rude. Remember this the next time students are juuling at the top of the bleachers during the one concert that we asked them to sit at. That’s literally all everyone had to do: sit there. We are the soundtrack to every student’s high school career; they should learn to appreciate that.
And while I was bashing the student body, I remembered that the teachers and administration are far from innocent. Most of the teachers hid in the corner as if held there by force, or like the students were some kind of disease that needed to be avoided at all costs rather than controlled. I understand that when you put over 1000 9-19-year-olds in one room together, it is going to get chaotic. It was the teachers and administrators job to keep the event under control but that clearly did not happen.
The next time you have the opportunity to get out of class and sit and enjoy some beautiful music (because not one person performing on the 14th was untalented), sit there quietly instead of interrupting and disrespecting everyone’s hard work.
Thank you for showing me and everyone else involved in the music program that we are unappreciated.
Maya Berg, speaking for many in the music program at Avonworth