Funny you say that because that was my big dilemma when thinking about teaching in Texas. I am much fonder of stage performance because that was the focus in my high school.
We have good marching band, but nothing of the caliber and the quantity that I have seen here these last two years.
I do feel the pressure to really learn what continuity of marching is and especially where are you find people to teach these intricate colorguard routines.
I figure the school has to be large because many times the most rhythmically talented individuals (if they are girls) are usually in the dance team or cheer program.
I have noticed a lot of boys in Large and small school guard. Which I think is commendable and very open minded for a school.
I can especially tell that schools that are in the 5a classification either have a very strong guard with a very obviously good teacher or they got whoever didnít want to be on the dance or cheer team or couldnít be on the dance or cheer team. Many times they have between seven and 15 members with pretty basic moves. But I know in life you have to play with the cards youíve been dealt. And at the same time make sure every student feels valued and appreciated.
I just donít have what seems to be the right background in colorguard, but that is one of my big priorities is to learn and understand what Iím seeing when it comes to colorguard.
And when I see a dance team member (and some of those dance teams have so many members itís incredible) in the marching band I find that incredibly perplexing. I would assume those classes are taught at the same time. Only in Texas!