“Music doesn’t get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there, makes you feel emotions that you didn’t necessarily know you had inside you, and runs around waking them all up. A rebirth of sorts.” Author Matt Haig in How to Stop Time.
Over the years at The Band Project we have observed the truth of those words again and again. We have seen introverted students find their voice, supported and encouraged by their band. We have witnessed band mates caring for each other in sessions through times of personal crisis, with music there to cheer and heal. We have been part of conversations about the wider world, started because of music’s ability to provide a platform from which students can openly question and learn. We have seen a level of acceptance in bands, irrelevant of background, gender identity or sexual orientation, that inspires us all to be better and do more in support of others. All of this has been made possible because of music’s ability to bind people together. Music doesn’t discriminate. It can only help us grow.
We remember New Saturday band – a group of 6th formers – who stayed together throughout their entire 6th form. They would perform a gig with Strange Child and No Signal at the end of every term, and, without prompting, would gather around three hundred students to come and watch them. It became the end of school event that everyone would look forward to, bringing people together from all walks of life to celebrate through a shared love of music. This self-generated act was something special that will never be forgotten – an organic conversation between musicians, friends and music lovers that united and spread joy.
Being part of The Band Project has become such a strong part of each student’s personal identity and we can’t wait to see what the future brings for all our bands. Music speaks when you can’t find the right words; it helps you channel difficult emotions and gives you space to process. The lyrics in a song can make you see something from another perspective entirely. Making your own music can improve your ability to co-ordinate and co-operate with others. Music has the power to transform.
Article by Lottie Angell