It’s an LA tradition. Band teacher Ms. Matta and the 44 members of the LA Wind Ensemble practice every morning, first period (also known as Period G), downstairs in the Poe Theater. Dedicated band students may start every day of their four years in high school with music.
Senior Tess Fields, who plays clarinet in the Wind Ensemble, puts it this way:
“I have heard many of my friends complain about starting their school day with a rigorous academic class. I feel I have lucked out. I have started every academic day with music for the past three years. It has been my saving grace throughout high school. Beginning the day with music is a privilege as it allows a nonverbal way to introspect and connect with many of my peers. Not only has music helped me mentally start my day, but it has also helped me physically, through an hour of focusing on and regulating my breathing. Studies have shown that playing music triggers synapsis in the entire brain which seems to be the best way to start a school day.”
Lucky kids! And they sound great, too.
Here are some snapshots: just another G period in Poe.