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Posted by Been there and done that on 9/23/2020, 8:15 am, in reply to "Advice
This is a tough one. Stand up for your program with administration could go either way. You may get your kids but create an enemy. They could give you a flat out no and you still lost. Talking to parents can help but some will support you and others won't because they want their sons to play and don't want to make an enemy out of the coach. Maybe sit down with the coach and administration and ask for their support for a pre-game performance which might bring in the band parents a little earlier, or have a post-game performance. The coach will probably support you there because they usually do a post game prayer and talk and you can use that time to get the rest of the band ready. Making sure the performance is advertised during the game by the announcer will stir up interest. When the band performs after the game, make a big deal about those band kids that played the whole game and the "other" great kids that are wearing a different uniform. Really ham up the performance, especially as you get closer to contest. I think that could be your best option. You won't create any enemies and gain a few more fans. For different circumstances we sometimes had to do a post-game show and we always managed to keep a large part of the crowd there. Good Luck.