Wondering if you should join?
It's hard work, we won't lie. You have to memorize all that music and those set formations. Band Camp is hot. Some competitions will be... just as hot. There are lots of late nights and early mornings and long practices. You might get sore, and you'll definitely get tired.
Even with all that, though—it's not an exaggeration to say that marching band can be one of the most rewarding parts of your high school experience. You'll grow as a musician. There will be opportunities to step into leadership roles as you move up, and that helps develop all those soft skills (things like teamwork, time management, self-discipline) that look so good on résumés and college applications.
And maybe it's cheesy to say, but the band truly does become a second family. You'll spend so much time with your fellow bandmates, through all the highs and lows that come with any given marching season, and the bonds you build here can be some of the strongest you'll find throughout your teenage years.
So if you're asking us, yes, you should absolutely join! But ultimately, it's up to you to decide...