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Re: MB advice
Posted by docme on 9/3/2018, 4:02 pm, in reply to "MB advice
Saturdays off this year! Maybe next as well. I would personally set 25 as a baseline before we did UIL unless I was in a Region with a lot of really small bands. It can be done once you get to 25. I think back on those SMC Harper bands that made finals with about 27 kids.
I took over a band program that looked on paper like an up and coming program. What we are faced with is the school enrollment is down and only 12 students are in HS Band (8-12). There are other factors that caused the decline, but it wasn't a director change or major schedule change. We have stopped the bleeding and will have students join hopefully in January.
We're fairly well balanced, but we have no percussion. 1 flute (cannot take band but marching with us), 2 clarinets, 1 alto, 1 tenor, 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 3 baritones, 1 tuba and 1 beginner. I have our tenor sax playing snare and quads and a student that doesn't play anything or read music playing bass drum. I have two students that are possibly moving this week. My bass drummer had a bad accident and will be out a while. Our trombone player that's having knee surgery that will sideline him for 8-10 weeks.
Would this be a good year to not do UIL and rebuild the numbers or go for it and take our medicine? They do march and play well, but it is challenging with the drummers trying to learn how to play. They are not marching but are grounded.