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Re: Band in trouble
How is this any different than a school that operates on block schedule?
Plenty of bands out there only see their kids every other day. Schedule the top band on Mon/Weds, schedule the second band on Tues/Thurs, and hold after or before school practices for full band marching (or the Super Tuesday thing that I know some folks do, where they go 5-8 PM once a week).
You won't be competitive at the state level but you can still be a quality program.
The school where I retired from (band director) five years ago and where my daughter now works may go to a schedule next year where 1/2 of the students only attend on Monday and Wednesday while while the other half attend Tuesday and Thursday. I can't imagine band as we knew it functioning in that situation. You better stay abreast of what your school is planning, or should I accept the fact that things will never be the same?