Re: State marching contest
Posted by Doc Too on 10/8/2018, 12:18 pm, in reply to "State marching contest"
You have understated and overstated the perfect situation for success at SMC. That dichotomy is all about the classification in which you participate. |
There are many large school bands who have all of the things you list - and more - but still don't make the cut.
And . . .
There are many small school bands who have fewer than half of the attributes you list but make the cut on a regular basis. In fact, the winner of a small school SMC category may not possess many of the items on your list.
Quality teaching from 6-12 is always important. . . . However . . .
With a large number of kids from the right neighborhoods, one can often screen for talent and field a strong band. With such situations, instructional thoroughness is important, but less critical to success.
In smaller schools from rural communities, little success is possible without a dedication to the thorough teaching of every available student.
What does an excellent band director has to do to take his/her band to the state marching contest? 5A.
My thoughts, great staff, kids that work hard, tremendous band parent support, front office support, everyone has a big part in it.
A place to rehearse, a perfect rehearsal schedule during the day and after school which includes lessons and sections, at least one tech in every section, instruments that work, and a good plan on how to address al these issues.
Pros, Colorguard uniforms, flags, excellent instructor, drum teacher for both battery and front ensemble.
A perfect amount of marchers, excellent drill writer and music. Drill must contain energy throughout where it be a ballad or a high energy moment. Beautiful band sound, good battery and pit, woodwind moment and same with brass. Several wind solo/ensemble feature.
Attend two pre-UIL festivals that are competitive.
And I am not sure what the price tag would be, please help. What are some of the things I am missing or what do I delete.