Friday Night Lights conjures up visions of football players, cheerleaders, crowds of high school students and the marching band. Believe it or not, the kids that play in the band at half time of the football game are some of the hardest working, most committed athletes in the country. Yes, athletes. I know first hand as my son, Taylor, is a high school senior and has been captain for the percussion section for the past 3 years.
The band, like the football team, has as many (if not more) intense practice sessions on asphalt and the football field. Band members practice daily and are required to play the music, move around the field and keep in mind where they are at all times of the performance. Summer break is full of practices and 12-hour camp days. A lot of work goes into being a marching musician at the high school level!
Having two high-school aged children, I have instilled the OrganWise principles of healthy eating and exercising. But being OrganWise is also about taking personal responsibility for yourself and having a positive attitude and work ethic, too. Being in the band and having a leadership role has made Taylor a well-rounded student and musician. His commitment to the band and band programs for the past 4 years has made an impression not only on Mom and Dad, but he has been a role model to his younger sister, other band members, family, and neighborhood friends as well.