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Band, Time Well Spent?

Gracie Youngerman

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Ashley Ridge Band: This is an inside look at the struggles and triumphs that make them a team.

We interviewed an Ashley Ridge Band member to get her perspective on being a part of this team. The student interviewed wishes to stay anonymous due to possibly offensive opinions.

Our interview began with a simple question of why she decided to join the band. “It’s a family thing. I was raised around it.” She explains that both her brothers did band in high school and that then led to her joining as a freshman.

We asked her about the affect that band had on her life. She explained to us how it contributes a great deal of stress but despite this, she does better in school during the band season than during the off season. “It teaches me time management.”

We then asked her if she felt they, being the band members, were overworked. She agreed that yes, they are overworked, then informed us that they have practices everyday except Wednesdays and Sundays. During the marching season, Saturdays are used for extra practices and competitions.

When asked her opinion on the band director, Chad Pence, she explained how she believes he has his good and bad moments but overall, he helps the band sound “musically good.”

This student believes that if given the chance to be section leader, she could do a good job. She would be the first girl leader for that section and knows of the possible difficulties that come with the job.

As a closing question we asked about her overall feeling toward the band. She simply replied , “It’s a lot of work.”

This interview took place on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the high school and provided us with an insightful look at the life of an AR Band member.

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