First, take a look at the blog posting of the 10 Reasons Being in Marching Band Makes You a Better Person. When you read that list, the first reaction is likely, "well of course". Now consider all the work that the community, including the Jeffco Performing Arts Advocacy Coalition, has done to create Jeffco's Vision 2020. (link is here)
Look at how marching band supports the vision. The Jeffco vision seeks to create students with the following competencies:
- Content Mastery
- Critical Thinking & Creativity
- Civic and Global Engagement
- Self Direction & Personal Responsibility
So read the "10 Reasons" blog post and then think about the type of student Jeffco is trying to create. Much of the same can be said of any performing arts classes, not just marching band. Then go out and advocate for ever stronger performing arts programs in your school and at the district level - because they directly support the vision of the future student.