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Re: Lack of matching experience
You might need to look at larger programs. Not every head director deals with the marching band. In fact, I know some incredible honor band caliber directors that had an assistant who was assigned to the marching band. Many 5/6 A staff and even some 4A programs might have a marching director that oversees the entire marching component or maybe just the marching fundamentals. I had marching experience and I ran the rehearsals teaching drill and music but I had an assistant handle marching fundamentals because they were better at it than I was.
Certain programs look for specialists. Jazz, WW/Brass/Perc, marching, mariachi, guard, etc. Find a program looking for your strength and then get the marching experience to someday become head or move to a smaller program where you might need to be the expert in all things. The other thing you can do is "volunteer" at the high school in the fall to get some experience before you apply elsewhere.
I would love to try teaching high school. Iíve taught middle school for several years now. I have always planned on being a middle school director and my marching band experience is nothing to brag about. I had always told myself I could never teach high school because of the serious lack of marching experience. Personally, I only marched in high school. My college didnít have a marching band and our one credit hour marching techniques class was lame at best. Iíve spoken to a few people throughout my career that taught high school and didnít have much responsibility with marching. They helped at rehearsals but as far as teaching drill, leading a marching rehearsal, etc. they shared few responsibilities in that area.
So my question to you, can it be done? Can you teach high school (and be any good at it!) and be very inexperienced with marching band? If you are a high school head director interviewing for your staff, would you ever consider a candidate with very limited marching experience?