Re: I have (virtually) no marching experience.
Posted by percguy on 7/5/2018, 8:43 pm, in reply to "I have (virtually) no marching experience."
I attended a small, private high school, and a small college without a marching band. As a percussionist with absolutely zero marching experience, I'm a pretty odd duck and a tough sell on paper as a Texas band director. My first job in Texas was as an assistant at a (old) 4A high school. The director took a chance on me because of my other qualities. It wound up being a great thing for both of us. I've now had a lot of experience teaching marching and being rather successful with my bands in that arena. Don't write yourself off because of that, but don't be too specific in where you are willing to work if you want to do the high school thing. |
Would it be remotely possible to get a HS assistant job with very little marching experience?
I went to private schools for high school. I didn't really march until my senior year with a band of 32. I did march two years in college but that was 15 years ago.
I've been teaching privately and playing professionally since I graduated. I got my certification last year. I felt like I was better suited to being a junior high director so I student taught at a junior high and was a long term sub at a junior high this last school year.
It's still the level I'd prefer to teach but as it gets later in the job hunting season, I have to keep options open. I just don't know if a high school would even hire me with only having a little marching experience 15 years ago.
Thoughts? I'm I right or am I thinking about this in the wrong way?