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Re: Best for the program
Came into a less-than-ideal situation at this new job. Limited instrumentation 8-12, 7th grade basically beginners again. Still struggling to learn how this administration likes to do things, how to get things done *in a timely manner.* I talked to my dad (a great band director), mentors, UIL region secretary (great guy), and all suggested not going to contest. I tell my principal what I'm thinking and why, and he sighs and says "Well, you have to tell the parents..." I mentioned at the parents meeting that we may not go and was politely (truly, they were nice) educated about how things are. "Kids will quit if they don't go to contest." "Parents won't see the point of their kid being in band if they don't go." "It's better for them to go and get a bad rating than not go and lose more kids." So, I pushed it. Am pushing it. Friday was our first time marching through the entire show on a field. It wasn't pretty. "Lapses" and "oversights" in PO requests meant I didn't get to hire a drill writer or purchase PyWare (with the remains of last year's budget---found out last week that the show music came out of this year's budget, not last year's like they promsied). I'm not a good drill writer, and I don't like this drill. It took a month to get a practice space about the size of a gym where I could put down a 2/4-step grid. The chalk put down to mark sets is rubbed off everyday by elementary and JH PE.
I did and gave up a lot to get this job because it meant my wife and I could live under the same roof/in the same zip code. I'm trying my best to make this work, to stay in one place long enough to build a program of my own, and I'm tired of being a band medic. I don't think contest is the best idea for these kids, but they are working hard, and I'm doing what I need to do to appease the powers that be so I can really develop the program I want and know I can have. I have to grin and bear it through Saturday, though it's already through clenched teeth and teary eyes.