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Unread 08-11-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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Default High School Marching Band

Can anybody give me a sense of how the high school marching band scene is in the Kansas City metro? It looks from a cursory web search like most of the suburban schools on both the KS and MO sides at least have band programs. Is that right? Do lots of kids participate? The ones that do: do they generally treat it as their primary extracurricular, like a sport, or is it just another thing to put on their college applications? Do band kids have outside tutor to supplement the music education they're getting in school? Do those tutor teach their lessons on or off school grounds?

Sorry for the serial questions.
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Unread 08-11-2010, 06:42 PM
 
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I am going to guess you are from the South. Having gone to school in Fl I know what Marching Band pride is, however it's not really like that here is KC, however most schools do have marching band and there are some in high school who really take pride in the band. But it's not going to be the main attraction at a football gave as it is in some places.

That being said, I have a nephew who goes to Winnetonka HS in the North Kansas City school district and they are considered one of the top bands in the area. Here is their website. Winnetonka Pride Band

Now, that is my opinion and my experience being a KC native, others may have a different opinion. As you can see by reading other posts we are an opinionated bunch.
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Unread 08-11-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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I perform with a chick who was drum major for her JoCo area HS band when she attended, and she's pursuing a doctorate in music performance and theory, i.e. continues to be a serious musician as an adult.
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Unread 01-31-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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I am looking for bands to perform at some local arts festivals. Marching, symphonic, jazz, just so long asit is a youth band
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Unread 01-31-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Marching band costs money, so the schools with more affluence are more likely to have large marching band participation.

I attended Lawrence High, back when it was the only high school in Lawrence, and we had 200+ members. I was one of 21 trombones. We traveled to the Sugar Bowl my junior year. We performed in a couple of marching contests each year. We put in a lot of work, but I also balanced band with soccer and a part-time job.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:01 AM
 
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I was in marching band at Shawnee Mission West HS and it was a big deal... lots of practice, competition, trip to England. All the SM high schools still have decent sized marching bands and there's a district-wide competion, and then I think they still go to the big competition in Warrensburg, MO each year.

I took music lessons outside of school up to about grade 10. By then I was good enough to drop the lessons, but I never aspired to be a musician beyond marching/symphonic band in high school. I loved band and wish I could still be doing it as an adult
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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:31 AM
 
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I must also add one of the marching instructors often called me the worst marcher he had ever seen, and he was probably right.

We did the Warrensburg event each year too. One year, it rained, and rained, and the field turned to mud. One of our sousaphone players slipped and face-planted in the mud. Fortunately he avoided falling onto his mouthpiece.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I must also add one of the marching instructors often called me the worst marcher he had ever seen, and he was probably right.

We did the Warrensburg event each year too. One year, it rained, and rained, and the field turned to mud. One of our sousaphone players slipped and face-planted in the mud. Fortunately he avoided falling onto his mouthpiece.
I remember a couple muddy Warnensburg years! Many of the drill teams were covered in mud by the end of their shows.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I am going to guess you are from the South. Having gone to school in Fl I know what Marching Band pride is, however it's not really like that here is KC, however most schools do have marching band and there are some in high school who really take pride in the band. But it's not going to be the main attraction at a football gave as it is in some places.

That being said, I have a nephew who goes to Winnetonka HS in the North Kansas City school district and they are considered one of the top bands in the area. Here is their website. Winnetonka Pride Band

Now, that is my opinion and my experience being a KC native, others may have a different opinion. As you can see by reading other posts we are an opinionated bunch.

I dont know what their program is like anymore but Oak Park in the NKC School District had an excellent marching band program when I was their 15 years ago. Their drum line won a national title one year when I was there.
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Unread 02-15-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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I was in the marching band at washington high in kansas city kansas in the 80s.
great time
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