Do band kids?

By: Alex Mohr, J1 Staff

A pie chart representing the preferred music tastes of New Palestine High School students.

A pie chart representing the preferred music tastes of New Palestine High School students.


The enigma of country music generates many questions whilst revealing little. Country music. What country is it from? Argentina? Canada? England? Arkansas? And can it even be considered music? Listeners may never know.

There are many genres of music, and accompanying the music comes many different sounds. Different sounds go along with the genre type, and some people like sounds more than the other. According to a poll, 94% of New Palestine High School students listen to music every day, which means six percent do not. Those students may not enjoy sounds.

“I listen to music on the daily, which means I like sounds. I specifically like spicy sounds. That’s a good example of alliteration,” junior Erik Crawford said.

“I mainly listen to old-school hip hop, modern rap, and classic rock,” Crawford said.

A majority of the students listen to pop music, with 20% of the school population voting pop as their preferred genre. 18% said rap was their favorite genre, which is tied for second place.

Crawford, though his music taste unique, is actually part of the majority within New Palestine High School. He does not participate in band.

Band members, a minority, have an interesting perspective on the way they listen to music.

With band members being educated on how to read and perform music, many would wonder if they listen to music in a different way compared to students not in band.

Participation in band has made me appreciate the complexity of jazz and rock music. By playing more rhythmically and structurally complicated songs in band I have become more aware of the music I listen to and look for more interesting songs and bands,” junior Kate Petri said. Petri is involved in concert band, marching band, winter percussion, and jazz band.   

I listen to many genres but mainly combinations of rock, blues, and jazz. I think people in band sometimes may listen for more complex things in music and be able to decipher them bette,” senior Evan Cade, a member in the school band, said.

“I was in band in high school and in the orchestra in high school, and that training did help me listen to music in a different way. The training has helped me listen to different parts of the music. You can hear the different pieces going; you can hear what the percussionist is doing; you can hear the different musical instruments,” English teacher Caroline Clayton said.

The pattern of the interest in rock and jazz music is carried throughout members in band. Not only do Petri, Cade, and Clayton all share a taste for the two genres, many student band members are also attracted to rock or jazz.

“I like rock ‘n roll and pop,” senior Matt Smith said.

“I like jazz and classic rock,” junior Ethan Fairbanks said. “I enjoy Pink Floyd. All the albums that Roger Waters was a part of, they all have a story to them, they all have progression. It’s beautiful.

“Of course I swallow music better than other people. I am the tempo. I work and I am the musicality the artist is going for.

“When it comes down to it, music is people,” Fairbanks said.

Those experienced with the creation and playation of music also agree on a least-favorite genre: rap. Though 18% of the school call rap their favorite genre, it seems band kids don’t like it.

“I dislike some current rap and hip-hop because it seems to lack creativity and musicality at times, but not all is bad,” Cade said.

“I dislike rap, country, and most definitely K-Pop,” Smith said.

“I’m not big on rap. I can’t get into rap. I don’t care for rap music that much because there doesn’t seem to be much instrumentation,” Clayton said.

“I don’t like rap music. It’s too sounds,” Fairbanks said.

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