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Re: Band Jacket Requirements
We have a point system. It's relatively easy for a freshman to letter, if they put in some work and do all-region and/or solo and ensemble. A kid who does the bare minimum, even sitting last chair in 3rd band, will automatically earn it by the end of their junior year. Originally I made the requirements pretty tough, but I saw too many kids riding the bench for the varsity team and wearing their letter jackets in the hall.
I do tie the points to attendance at performances and competitions. If a kid misses a performance or competition, for any unexcused reason (ineligible counts as unexcused) they don't get the points. It's not directly tied to eligibility, but being ineligible will hurt them.