Re: Alternate marchers
Posted by older than dirt on 8/13/2017, 10:23 pm, in reply to "Re: Alternate marchers"
I am sorry those things happened. In my band, the "performers" are in jeopardy every rehearsal. The alternate line performs every football game. two years ago, I added the alternates to drill for UIL because of their effort. I cannot repair the situation controlled by other directors. All I can control is my band and my circumstances. The only way the alternate system works is if the alternates that improve enough to perform better than performers actually replace performers. |
: while you may "hate" having to cast
: students to the side, in so many other
: pursuits there is a bench, an opportunity to
: be there without the pressure of
: "success". Giving those students
: the opportunity to work, rehearse, drill and
: even perform for mom and dad is training
: without the "pressure" of the
: entire band's success riding on their
: performance. That being said, I always use
: the "removable" drill. They work,
: rehearse, play, do everything the rest of
: the students do while knowing they have a
: season of development before the competition
: comes. If they truly deserve to be on the
: field, they will earn a spot. If they need
: to "train", Alternate is the best
: place for them. But, it is your training
: that gives you the perspective to know what
: is best for each student.
: --Previous Message--
: For those of you that use alternates during
: marching season, what do you do with them
: during rehearsals/games?
: I've tried a few different ways but am not
: sure which or any are most effective.
: I've tried:
: -having them stand in back of the field in a
: line playing but not moving
: -having them march "removable"
: drill. That is drill that is simple and
: helps them learn starts and stops but is
: easily taken out for contest(marches at all
: FB games) problem is I rarely pay attention
: to what they are doing or take time to help
: them instead of focusing the
: "real" spots
: -Have them shadow another spot during
: rehearsal, moving them to back for games and
: out of contests. This hinders rehearsals
: having two people in one spot, but makes the
: alternate not feel like such an outcast.
: I hate having to cast any kid to the side,
: as often my alternates are freshmen and will
: develop into decent marchers as they get
: older. I want all of them to get better and
: learn in rehearsals, I'm just not sure if
: I've found the right combination yet. So,
: what do you do with alternates? Please
: don't say just march everyone. In 16+ years
: not once have I had every kid stay eligible
: after the first report card comes out.