There are mountains of data showing the benefits of the study of the arts, particularly music. In the document "Why Music," I have listed a dozen quick points which all supporters of arts education (that's YOU!) should be aware of.
Follow this link to see a BUNCH of famous Bandlings:
Purdue grad (and 1st man to walk on the moon) Neil Armstrong
Louisville native and oboist Jennifer Lawrence
Actor and French
Samuel L. Jackson
(I WAS going to post a Michigan State Band pic, here, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.)
The above picture is the rehearsal hall of the world-famous Purdue University All-American Marching Band, and other Boilermaker ensembles.
There are 303 students in the above picture (yes, I counted!), plus scores of members are not pictured, totaling 392 (Fall, 2017).
70% of them are STEM students.
Neil Armstrong played baritone in this band.
Russell G. Slayter (the inventor of Fiberglass) played tuba in this band. There's even an outdoor performance venue named for him.
Now...what were you saying about
pulling your kid out of band,
so that they could
be an engineer or in STEM?