Re: Do Band
Posted by Inner-City BD on 11/6/2018, 12:47 pm, in reply to "Re: Do Band"
I would love to have that kind of budget. Mine is about 1/10 of that. |
Agreed. My point is that the $$$ factor is really not a factor. They do not charge a fee because it appears that their budgets can pay for costumes, props and everything else that schools in NTex have their kids pay for.
I am at a 5A with a $30,000 budget for 200 band/guard kids. I can't charge a fee and have no budget to pay for those extras. Winter guard uses no floor. Forget winter drum line. There is no money in my budget for that. Yet, I see pictures of these winter lines with full on costumes and props that someone is paying for. Could it be some federal programs that they are tapping into?
I knew someone that was a "facilitator" at a Valley school. The reason they were not called Principal was because their salary came from a Federal source rather than a district source.
More food for thought. I will now go teach my kids.
As a band director who has worked in Richardson, Austin, West Texas and the Rio Grande Valley I can tell you without reservation that the issues Valley bands face are huge and the OP has hit the nail on the head. There are so many educational, societal, and economic issues that I could not address them all in a short essay. Some of you have used Roma as an example and I could add Lopez High School who was a force at the 4A level years ago at state. However there is a difference between 5A and 6A. The 5A playing field is more even. No marching band I know in the Valley would be able to charge a marching band fee and field a viable band. it would just kill the program.
I will say this. Just looking at what some of those Valley schools have in regards to facilities, and being able to field winter guard, winter drum line, they are not missing much.
Friends of mine from the Valley post pictures of their winter guards and drum lines and to be honest, it does not look any different than a North Texas winter guard and drum line.
They get the money from somewhere. Pretty sure it is a very healthy budget in order to do all of that.
Just my 2 cents worth.
I always see The State Marching Contest like a celebration of great marching band programs. To compare a program at the top and a program at the bottom and call them short of trash is unacceptable.
There is an OBVIOUS disparity between areas, regions, and programs. But this contest should be a celebration to the best of every area, what ever that is. Band directors shouldn’t fight much less name call other areas, regions, or programs.
Are students, students? Yes.
Do students work hard? Yes.
Does having private lessons help? Yes.
Does having an actual marching band budget help? Yes.
Can you still suck with a huge budget? Yes.
Is there programs that get to state with no props, no heavy visual package, and staff of 4? Yes.
Does it help to be close to universities? Yes.
Does it help to be able to have a band fee? Yes.
Do social economics of a school affect marching band? Yes.
Do levels of parents education affect a marching band program? Yes.
Does having a proper nutrition at home help a student be better? Yes.
Does having a decent pair of tennis shoes and clothes help a student be better? Yes.
Is it nice to have band boosters? Yes.
Would it be nice to have active parents helping? Yes.
Is it nice to have an actual fine arts director that supports the program? Yes.
Is it nice to have principals that support the program. Yes.
If you’re thinking the above is common sense. Yes it is, unfortunately not everyone has the support. Many programs do it with very few resources. HOWEVER, they still manage to put out a show. That is success. Not a 1 or area finalist or state. It’s in between all the obstacles still pushing and finishing something you started.
The playing field is not leveled. Neither is life.
If we continue to compare ourselves and each other and get upset as offended by the outcome you’re going to only live a bitter life. You are no one to say this area sucks and this area is good. Until you’ve worked in the program, region, and area and you’ve seen the struggles then you will understand. Both ways, head directors in top tier programs many times have to be better managers than they are directors. Dealing with diva drill writers, music arrangers, and choreographers all at the same time i assume is not an easy task.
All I’m saying is, Do band. Don’t worry about being “competitive” worry about being successful, what ever that is to you and your students. Teach kids responsibility, great work ethic, and perseverance. Keep pushing, keep fighting, but above all be happy.