When the average person hears the word music, they likely think of the top 100 songs on Spotify or what artist has been in the press most recently. But in the world of musicians, an individual likely thinks of the physical copies of sheet music they carry around, their instrument, or maybe even the
hours upon hours of practicing they must get done within the week. Hidden among the exclusive nature of the activity and perhaps the prejudgement placed upon them, the social subgroup known as “band people” define music as the thing that keeps them going each day.
In the world of band people, usually everything else revolves around band. They indeed have other aspects of their life such as school or a job, but the culture calls for music to inserted into any empty slot that those two things don’t take up. These individuals will often enter the activity at a very young age, around middle school, and stick with it for the major part of their adolescence. Many go on to participate in music in many outlets such as college marching band, orchestra, or the top tier of performers in the marching arts, often called the “NFL of marching band,” Drum Corp International.
This subgroup tends to stay within itself. Outsiders, or “non-band people,” very often can’t understand the importance the activity has in a person’s life, encouraging the music-obsessed individuals to stay within their social confines of their passion.
With an ever growing presence on social media through accounts such as @DrumCorpInternational and @BandsofAmerica on Instagram and Twitter, the band community is hopeful that a growing number of people will understand why their interpretation of music means so much to them.