Magazine article Momentum

The Power of the Cymbals

Magazine article Momentum

The Power of the Cymbals

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My son is a member of his high school band. At first Michael played the bells and we would strain to hear the lilting notes as the timpani and shining sousaphones held forth. Now he plays the cymbals and there's no mistaking their clash and clang as the parade marches by. Even when the band is long out of sight, the cadence continues until the final crash of the cymbals.

For years my husband directed the office of Student Activities for the National Association of secondary School Principals. His mission included countless trips around the country promoting the importance of student participation in the arts, service clubs and student councils. But it wasn't until our son joined the band that I fully appreciated the message.

Students who participate in co-curricular activities clearly are building a vital foundation for a better adult life. According to research from Montana State University, these young people are "more likely to become leaders, more willing to complete tasks, more willing to voice opinions and more likely to graduate from high school." The study also focuses on the positive impact activities have in enhancing social, political and career interests. …

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