Some of you on here have been folloeing the progress of the little band where I teach. Six years ago starting with eight kids, revolving door situation, etc. Last year we re-entered UIL as nonvarsity and did just fine. I have some young friends who give their time, expertise, and money to help these kids in a very low socioeconomic school district.
Yesterday we went to a marching contest in a neighboring town. There were three schools in our classification and we came in first, and received all but one caption award. After the tears of excitement and joy my thirty kids are all about thirty feet tall.
We are a Harvey-hit school, but we are still open for business. Although we have students who didn't return after the evacuation, we started school three weeks late, some of our kids live in campers in their driveways because they spend the evenings helping repair their homes and working with releif organizations, all while maintaining their grades to remain eligible and get into college. The attendance at marching practice is the best since I've been here. The only complaints I've heard are from thw adults.
This is why we have trophies.They are symbols of comittment and work. I don't know a single director worth his salt who cares about them except as symbols of their bands doing what bands do: taking naturally self-centered adolescents and helping them become part of something larger than themselves.It's never about directors, it's about BAND.
: I read this on my Yellow Board today and also
: a similar post just now on Facebook.
: Directors are taking their bands to contests
: just so they (the directors) can win a
: trophy. Given, I run marching contests, and
: we award trophies. Yesterday, I was in
: Houston-a city just weeks from suffering
: the greatest flood in the history of this
: nation. I talked to these directors-I heard
: their stories; what they, their students and
: families have been through, and why they
: came anyway. If you really believe it's for
: a trophy-you're wrong. God bless these men
: and and women and all their kids and parents
: for coming to our contest yesterday and
: giving inspiring, goose-bump worthy
: performances. Our trophies are made of
: plastic and wood. Their trophies are made of
: smiles, cheers, and young lives made
: musical, healthy and happy. Bravo!