Band Practice early in the morning
Original post made by neighbor on Sep 25, 2007
on Sep 26, 2007 at 6:49 am
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Did you check the city's noise ordinance?
on Sep 26, 2007 at 1:50 pm
From the Mountain View Police website:
At present, Mountain View has no city ordinance prohibiting loud noise. The California Penal Code gives limited authority to enforce "disturbing the peace."
It just does not seem right that we don't have a noise ordinance in this city. Everyone should be entitled to enjoy peace and quiet at home.
on Sep 27, 2007 at 7:31 pm
Music and band are important parts of a good education. There is clear evidence that students who are involved in music do better in many other subject, especially math.
Marching bands are also great exercise - ask anyone who's tried to walk and play an instrument at the same time. In our culture of obesity, TV and video games, it should be a relief to know kids are outside, breathing fresh air, and getting some exercise.
Furthermore, there are probably lots of kids who'd love to skip the early morning rehearsals for an extra hour of sleeping in, but because of the way school schedules are set up, it is not possible to fit in all of the teach-to-the-test basic requirements high schoolers need to know in order to pass the state's graduation exam between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. With their early morning band practice, students are learning responsibility, dedication, and discipline, things that are critical for success in college and in life in general. After school practice, in addition to early morning practice, is not uncommon for bands and drill teams as well - these kids work hard (plus they have to keep up grades and possibly earn money to pay for band trips, competitions, camps, uniforms and music lessons).
You can take pride in the fact that your local school district has recognized the importance of musical instruction and has not cut it completely out of the budget. Don't worry; the marching season usually ends with the Fall semester (and often before early December) - so your morning concert will be over before you know it.
If you want to see what the kids are warming up for, consider heading out to Cupertino the second Saturday in October and check out the Tournament of Bands. You'll see on their faces and in their attitudes (and those of their parents) why they are spending so much early morning time working out when they could be relaxing in a nice warm bed like some of their peers.
And if you want to see one of the main reasons why they need to practice outside, check out a varsity football game and watch them strut their stuff on the football field: marching in formation, dancing, sometimes singing, and providing important musical motivation for fans, players and dance squads.