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Re: Do you play the martyr?
School ends at 3. That's an hour to do the S&E, & All-Region stuff (2 30 minute sessions). Kids can also come in during lunch if that works better for them. Don't do sectionals unless they are absolutely necessary as I am at a 2A school where 60% of the band is also in athletics. The ones that usually do region and S&E aren't athletes...but those that are I see in the first session and then send them to athletics. I have a great relationship with the coaches who consider it to be a fair trade since HS band is last period, and when the teams go out of town they leave during that period and those kids aren't in rehearsal. That goes for when I need to call a sectional, I always let the coaches know ahead of time that one is coming. Beginners are split into 3 classes (brass, winds, perc.), so I never see them after school...they're already in sections. I have two periods off so that's when I do the paperwork. When I had an assistant, we would split into sectionals during class when the need arose...or one of us would pull the Region/S&E kids for part of the class (especially if they were athletes).