Thinking of dropping out of band as you go to high school?

Thinking of going to college?

Read this article, from a professor of music and his admissions counselor!

Follow this link to see a BUNCH of famous Bandlings:


     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.

     The following are excerpts from a Michigan State University-affiliated study into music and the results in STEM GRADUATES from the prestigious Big Ten university:

...researchers studied a group of MSU Honors College graduates from 1990 to 1995 who majored in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. They found of that group, those who own businesses or patents received up to eight times more exposure to the arts as children than the general public.

The report goes on to say:

... The researchers found 93 percent of the STEM graduates reported musical training at some point in their lives, as compared to only 34 percent of average adults, as reported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The STEM graduates also reported higher-than-average involvement in the visual arts, acting, dance and creative writing.

     (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?