Adrian strikes up the BAND

Unusual among small schools, Adrian has a thriving band program for sixth graders through high school.

According to the Public School Review, the Adrian School District had 234 students last year – 72 in high school and 162 students in the grade school. Many participate in band.

For the high school boys, this may mean playing drums during girls basketball games until the third quarter, when they leap up and hit the locker room to change for the start of the boys game.

For the girls, the reverse holds true. They play their game, hurry back to the locker room to change, and rush out to grab an instrument to play for the boys game.

For sixth-graders, playing in the band means an occasional road trip when the varsity teams make the playoffs.

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