Interesting Division of Sexes and Instrumentation in Jordan Marching Band
Original post made by Marching Band Lover, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2013
I had the distinct pleasure of happening to be in the same neighborhood on the same street where the Jordan Marching Band was doing a street marching rehearsal (probably for the City of Palo Alto May Day Parade). I always stop for a parade and in this case I even walked with them for a short while. I noticed that the first 5 in a line across the top were all girls playing the flute. There were about 40 students in the band (this is an estimate) and I noticed that there were only the 5 flautists and three other girls in the band. I think the other 3 were a drummer, a clarinetist and either a trumpet of a sax player. I was thinking that this was a rather unusual breakdown along sex lines (didn't see a boy playing the flute). I think that if a boy had been playing flute in the front row with the girls he probably would be subject to bullying anyway so perhaps that is why there were not boys playing the flute. I was a little dismayed by the lack of women playing instruments that are louder than the flute. I have opinions about all of this myself but am wondering if anyone else can weigh in on this and perhaps illuminate me as to why girls choose the flute so often when they probably could be making much more of a statement (not saying there is anything wrong with flutes or flautists mind you). It looks sort of like a cheerleader row in the front with the girls. This brings to mind a memory of a San Jose High School (Overfelt) marching band that had a line of 8 young women in the front of the parade with the name of the school emblazoned on their chests one letter at a time (O-V-E-R-F-E-L-T). I hope that school no longer thinks that is a good idea (especially in light of all the crimes against young girls perpetrated by the jock culture for the most part).