The Real Cost of High School Marching Band
- Putting a Price on School Spirit
- Being in a marching band takes more than coordination and stamina.
- The instrument is just the start of a string of expenses.
- On top of the basic cost of the uniform, kids need concert clothes -- really.
- Marching bands need to rehearse, march, rehearse, march, rehearse...
- Bandies must be prepared for ice, snow, muddy fields and a band leader who shows no mercy.
- Tournament of Roses Parade -- pageantry and perfection -- what all that practice has been for.
- The Parade is also practice for what many of the kids really care about -- marching band contests.
- It's unlikely you'll leave the competition without buying a few souvenirs.
- And the Price of Pageantry Is...
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