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Re: Things we might see go away
I have been wondering about the testing of beginners. Will we have to use a new reed for every student that tries sax and clarinet? How about parents not wanting to share an instrument with anyone else? Our school doesn't have a lot of instruments, so I can have up to 3 people sharing an instrument. They have their own mouthpiece, but parents might not want them to share at all. I'm just wondering how this will effect my numbers next year.
Here are things we might see go away, at least for a few years, maybe forever. The virus may take more from band directing than a few months of no UIL.
TBA-nobody wants to be the board that kills TBA. It's just to expensive and poorly attended. I would imagine many exhibitors this year will simply skip it completely. They won't have the cash on hand to send anyone.
TSSEC-To big, too cumbersome. The University may take advantage of already occurring events to say we don't want this anymore. True, it fills up hotels, but Austin is beginning to fill up hotels far more often than it once did, and with grown ups who visit the bars and other venues.
June and July band of any kind. If this virus thing lasts through June, gone. Probably forever.
Massive band fees. Mom and Dad just went back to work and that stimulus check is all gone anyway. Please Mr. Band Director...have a heart.
Expensive University and Leadership camps...at least this year.
Super expensive top shelf beginner horns. See Band Fees.
There are many things we can do to keep our bands going, and maybe a new direction will be better. Old school things we haven't done since the seventies. Insist on a bundle of cash from parents that simply don't have it (This will be a cross-demographic issue, believe me), and wonder where your kids went. Maybe where your job went.
I'm not touting gloom and doom here. I'm saying PLAN. Start thinking now about how you can bring your program back from the disaster you didn't create by creating disasters you cannot sustain.