I conditionally agree with this, for all programs that do the following:
1. Mandate that all kids try out for region.
2. Use the region results as a chair test for second semester/band placement after marching band.
3. Fail to pre-screen every All-Region candidate and remove/disallow students not prepared for the audition.
Folks, it takes 5 minutes per kid (listen to their scales and half of one etude) to know if the kid is ready. Pre-screen your kids. If they aren't ready, don't let them try out
. Even if it'll "be good for them." Don't waste literally everyone's time with a kid who will take seventeen tries (and five minutes) to get through a two-octave F concert scale before proceeding to hack through another one and a chromatic, and then spend 8 minutes playing a 1:30 cut of the slow piece. Keep those kids home PLEASE.
Region band is no longer about the kid. it's about the director being able to count the number of entries and the number of chairs. When I was in HS we had 2 of us that auditioned. We both made it. I made it three years, she made it two. It was our choice. Nobody made us do it.
Region isn't for everyone. Sure, there are benefits to kids learning the music but the balance has to be maintained and if you have kids that hate it, what is the benefit?
So I noticed that my kids are becoming increasingly frustrated and tired of the region music. I feel like nowadays kids feel so pressured to audition for region and they give up or quit on band in general because they don't see it as fun. Mine are going through that. They are slowly progressing with region music but they hate practicing it. They don't know how to overcome obstacles despite how much we discuss life skills and how to succeed in life. Anyone have suggestions on what to do to bring them back to "band life?" This for a MS band by the way in region 15/28 area. I understand the benefits of kids auditioning for region. It does make them better musicians regardless. My kids rather be practicing pep music than sit and practice region/scale stuff.
Even me as a director feel pressured to produce region numbers. I feel like all the fun about being in band is sucked out by pressuring kids in return to do their best and make region. Maybe its me? I don't know. Suggestions or ideas for me or my program would be appreciated. Thanks everyone!