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Re: Is it time to disclose marching program COSTS?
Except knowing directors the way I have come to know them, what one may call a disclosure another would be able to call a bragging point. I can imagine the Facebook tribute now: "As I sit on my deck contemplating the grandeur that is the Universe the morning after a beautiful contest performance of the DHS band, I am fully aware all of this was made possible by the $750,000 our program raised-which is $200,000 more than any other band in the district, region or area and close to the top 1% of upper echelon bands in the state. For this I would like to thank my wife, this year's assistants, a bunch of other people showing up to rehearsals, the students, the DHS community, and God. Listen to my podcast."
Across the state, heck even within the bounds of a region, it is clearly evident that there is discrepancy among marching band programs regarding financing the end product. Is it time that directors and schools disclose how much money went to designers, props, special uniforms, special hats, music arrangers, professional drill-writers, contracted marching and front ensemble techs who aren't on staff, guard weapons, electronics, and such?
Dare I say that there should be a CAP on such expenses? (It's just increasing the equity gap.)