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Posted by OP on 11/1/2018, 6:49 am, in reply to "Re: 22
When your seniors are playing on beginner level horns, your school instruments were bought second hand thirty years ago (not even slightly a joke/exaggeration), your administration categorically refuses to fix scheduling issues that systematically cull 60% of your students going into 7th grade, your entire year budget for everything is equivalent to what your competition allocated for marching alone, your parental support of the program and/or student is nonexistent, and you still somehow manage to bring home 1ís, youíre operating at peak efficiency for that situation. Knowing that if your students had better support in each of these areas they could move beyond 1ís to be contenders at area and state in marching, region, and TSSEC is realizing it could be higher.
I canít fix instrument issues when the price of one of the fifty horns I need to replace is my entire budget. I canít fix scheduling issues when admin refuses to acknowledge that they exist, and statistically when they leave after 6th grade they do t come back. I canít increase my budget, even through fundraising (best one weíve ever had made 2k, and we celebrated by buying the first in-working-order snare drum in fifty years). I canít fix parental support or valuation of the program or of education, and Iíve tried.
Sometimes you have to realize the situation, realize your level of involvement, and realize youíre hitting a wall that will only change via a major socioeconomic shift (which isnít likely to happen way out here).