Kavin Thiyagarajan, Producer

At CVMS there are a variety of fine arts electives that are offered here. We have Band, Art, Orchestra, Choir, and Theatre. We pick our fine arts electives based on what we want and what suits us. Out of these fine arts electives, two of them involve in you learning to play an instrument. Now the age-old battle shall continue with Band VS Orchestra.

Band, is comprised of three types of instruments. Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion. Examples of the instruments are Trumpet, Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Drums, Trombone, Euphonium, Oboe, and French Horn. Orchestra is comprised of String instruments. Some examples of instruments are Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Harp. In band, if you are doing woodwind or brass then you have to work on breathing because you have to blow into the instrument. In orchestra, you have to work on how nimble your fingers are and how you hold the bow. Each instrument has their ups and downs. It depends on what suits you.

Band is very fun. I go to band and I have learned to enjoy it and even though it takes a bit of practice you build a great community. You make friends, have fun, and get to perform. You get to showcase your skills and talent. In orchestra, it is also very similar. I have many friends in orchestra so I know that they also build a great community. The CVMS band is a well-known middle school band in Texas.

I think band and orchestra are both great fine arts electives. They both have great attributes to them. In my opinion, I love band and band is the best. Keep in mind, that I am biased, so it is up for you to decide — Band or Orchestra.