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Re: Best for the program
Because we're rebuilding, we're trying to get students who never got a chance to be in band (came from another school) and will put in the time to learn to play. This year is a good year to do it. In a year or two, I hope we won't need to find a beginner just to get a second flute holder. I'd rather have quality over quantity, but we have to have some quantity to get them to the quality part. One on a part isn't working at the moment.
Drill is a variation on a straight line this year. It's just to teach the concept of marching. It will be easy next year with easy music again.
At this school the way the bands are set up, if I left they would probably not be able to find anyone to take this job. It's been a struggle, but I've been in worse situations. At least I keep telling myself.
Question: I get wanting to have a bigger band, but is there any way to NOT have first and second year players in the band?
My tiny marching band did a festival last week. We're not going to UIL since we're rebuilding. Out of 20 kids, 6 are beginners, 2 are second year players. We only put one piece of our show on the field. Talking to another director about not doing UIL, he said I'm cheating my students. I talked to a couple of the judges. They would have given us a 3-4 with a week before UIL. I told the other director that I disagreed with him. I said going to UIL and being picked apart would have done more harm than good. It was an achievement just for us to put something on the field and be judged. A lot of bands take a year or two off from UIL Marching. Our plan is to build up numbers and try UIL next year. If not, we'll go back to the same festival and do better.