Even though it's hard work, Brian, 15, looks forward to learning a new show and hanging out with his friends.
Every summer 200 kids from my school come to band camp to learn a field show and rehearse and rehearse and rehearse. At its best a field show is a work of art. Take a 200-piece marching band and have them play three or four difficult songs. Now have them do it while marching in different formations. The music, steps, instrument direction and placement all have to be synchronized. Add in a color guard that throws, twists and spins sabers and flags. Throw in performance theatricals such as poses or chants, and you have some idea of the difficulty of a field show.
Julia, 15, couldn't imagine getting another dog after her first one died, but now she's glad she did.