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Re: Students not wanting to participate in Marching Band
I don't know how important the marching aspect is to the 36 students that are in band, but if admin cares about numbers, and enough don't want to do it, maybe no marching band would be the answer.
They still do enough marching practice in class that yes, I can justify a PE waiver. However, in my school, it's a moot point, since waiver or not, nearly every kid get stuck in a PE class for a year or two due to a lack of elective choices.
Do the non marchers still get a PE waiver?
I have about a hundred kids in band.
36 are in my marching drill.
The other sixty-some-odd don't march because of several reasons, including transportation, child care (or they ARE the child care for little brother/sister), lack of commitment, and other activities such as volleyball, football, drill team, and cheer. I give people in other organizations the option to decide whether or not it's too much of a time commitment, since I've found that when I put my foot down, I either lose the kid or they fail half their classes in the first six weeks since they have no time to do homework.
If I kicked everyone out of band who doesn't march, the band here would fall apart. I came from a program in HS where EVERYONE was in marching band, but the reality is for MY kids that I can't expect that level of commitment. I usually have about 2-3 freshmen marching, about half the sophomores, and then all of the juniors and seniors.
As I stated in a separate thread a couple weeks ago, I have band split into a Varsity and Non-Varsity class. Out of all my Varsity kids, two don't march. Out of all my NV kids, five march. Those are the kids who I may move up/down at semester. If your counselors don't support you in that, you won't have much luck, but sometimes part of our job is educating our administration and counseling staff as to what is necessary - and why.
My NV class plays the same music, but we're starting to move onto winter concert music at this point with them. Varsity is still working on the show until UIL is over with (next week). It's not ideal, and I know this. However, in my district and situation, expecting 100% committment to an activity will mean that I would have 100% of the 30-40% of the kids that remain in band, and numbers matter to administration. The previous director at this school did that, and the band went from 65 when he got here to 12 by the time he left (there were other issues, too, but time and again I heard he drove kids out because they missed marching practice).