My D is currently a freshman and she is having a hard time with course planning decisions. her main problem is that for one of the slots, she cannot decide between band info tech.
pros: D really enjoys playing the clarinet, and is really good at it. There are trips every year, usually international or overseas, which can be valuable experiences.
cons: the music theory part also brings her mark down, resulting in her getting a B in band for 2 terms, breaking her straight A record. The teacher is not very nice, but still tolerable.
pros: pre-requisite of computer programming 11 and 12, which she really wants to take since she wants to major in CS. An easy A for her.
cons: at her school, it is considered a "non-rigorous" course, theres rarely any hw
So, band is really enjoyable for her and she gets to go on overseas trips, but that would be risking to get a B. If she takes info tech, she'll get an A for sure but it's considered an easy course which is bad for college admissions. However, I don't think the distant ivy schools know that and usually one would perceive info tech as a more serious class than band.