Since 5th grade, I was always a band kid. I played the flute, piccolo and eventually became a majorette. However, no matter what part of the football field you are, if you were a band kid, you were (and are) probably one step ahead of the game compared to most other people.
1. Band Kids only strive for perfection
No band kid ever wants to hear their name, section, or school name get a lower score than a 1. If you don't know what I am talking about, at band competitions you get a rating on your performance from 1-4. 1 being superior, 2 being excellent, 3 being good, 4 being fair, and 5 being poor (aka just get off the field). Bands will extend practice past dinner time, start practice during school hours, and even practice on Saturdays just to get that superior scoring.
2. Band is all about discipline
This goes hand in hand with perfection. When I played the flute, we would do pencils tests. We would stick a pencil a little less than 3/4 of the way inside the end of our flute and go through marching sets over and over. Every time the pencil fell, you had to do 10 push-ups. Your flute always had to be parallel to the ground. When I was majorette captain, we did push-ups for ever time we dropped our batons too.
3. Academics are always higher
Playing an instrument, memorizing music, and learning 70 sets in two weeks is pretty demanding. Now try doing all three at the same time. The constant brainwork of a band kid always results in high test scores and higher GPAs.
4. Inside jokes
There is nothing like a 3 hour bus ride to create many inside jokes. Not only is this fun and memorable, but its super funny to reference them in class. I guess it's just a musician thing, but band kids are so hilarious.
5. Constant motivation
Not only is band a great support system for academics, but for your own musical talent. Whether its competitive chair placements or an All-State piece, band kids are always challenged and will always give their best effort.
6. Band becomes your family
Before school hours, during breaks from class, and after school, your second family tends to congregate, always enjoying each others company. Students in band always tend to gather to the band room, they are always around each other, and you build bonds that never break.
7. Your band director is your best friend
There is nothing more heartbreaking than your band director switching schools. I know in particular, two of my band directors were my best friends and I loved them so much. They motivate you, and give you some of the best advice.
Band kids are obviously talented. Even if they aren't the best musician in the country, they still exude skill and talent.
9. Halftime is a common ground
Despite focusing on your role in a halftime show, you also tend to focus on other people. After halftime, we accept bad shows, and celebrate good ones. We will complement each other and tell one another how great they did.
No matter what a band kid does, music related or not, it is always to the best of their ability. Band kids have the tendency to always put forth the most effort possible in everything that they do.