Re: Kids Quitting Band but Still Doing Youth Orchestras
Posted by Stand Man on 6/7/2018, 4:53 pm, in reply to "Re: Kids Quitting Band but Still Doing Youth Orchestras"
Honestly, I hate marching band. Nothing against people who like/love it, it's just not for me. That's why I teach middle school. I think that if I were suddenly back in high school again, I'd be one of those kids doesn't want to march but wants to be in a wind ensemble during the Spring. I probably would've dropped band because of it. Lucky for me, 1)I only had to march one year in high school and 2)I didn't grow to actually dislike marching band until I was in college. |
(It's not that I 'hate' it, I just couldn't care less about the visual aspect and don't want to waste my time on it.)
While I don't know your specific situation, I've seen this happen with my own students and the answer is right in front of us: they didn't want to "major in marching band" while in high school. Thank you, SMBC. I hate to seem negative, because I know this competition does a lot of great things for a lot of kids/programs, but the students I know who've done this, did it because of the MB beast (their parents told me so.) At least they had on outlet to continue playing in, thanks to the community ensembles. I'm not claiming to have the answers, I'm just telling you what I've observed.
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?