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Re: Kids Quitting Band but Still Doing Youth Orchestras
I understand the concerns about marching band, but the fact remains that these ensembles, led by GDYO, profit both artistically and FINANCIALLY from students we all teach. They wouldn’t exist without our programs, but are happy to poach our players and hide behind a “pledge” that the child will stay in their school program that they then refuse to enforce. In my experience, it’s driven more by GPA concerns than by marching band, though it does occasionally act as the trigger. There are some independent ensembles, Lone Star Youth Winds for one, who truly nurture their relationships with the public school programs, but I have no trust or respect for the powers that be at GDYO and comparable programs. Any arts organization that knowingly weakens public school music programs in today’s day and age where we’re all on perilous ground doesn’t deserve our support.
Hello fellow directors!
Each year we always have 1 or 2 of our "top" kids quit band to pursue the academic race of valedictorian or top 10... Believe me we shove advocacy and college articles and have the counselors talk to the kids, but there's always 1 or 2. (So please don't say that our problem is that we shouldn't be losing these kids... we are lucky that they stuck with it for so long to be honest) Anyway, the sad part is that these smarties are usually great musicians that are active in lessons and interested in youth orchestras. All-region or area level players who contribute at a high level.
I personally find it disheartening to see that some youth orchestras allow a student to be in their organization without also being a part of their HS program. (Of course, if they're home schooled or maybe their instrument isn't offered at their school, there should be an exception... just like TMEA) .
We have kids quitting band, having more free time to study, and then they get all of the perks of being in a performing group with minimal work.
I just think it sends a poor message. What are your thoughts?