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Posted by been there and done that on 9/29/2020, 8:22 am, in reply to "Venting
I think you are doing a lot of the right things. Worry more about playing with a good sound and good balance, which can be done during marching season. Good characteristic sounds go a long way. I have had to do similar and angling towards the crowd is better. Also, you might think about writing out or buying little band shorties which are playable with the age and amount of kids you have. Get them some simple drum cadences or challenge your drummers to come up with some of their own. Maybe even getting with the cheerleading sponsor to have your band and drums to join in the cheers. Cowbells and extra percussion instruments can help with providing some "noise." Let the kids cheer and have a good time. That will show you care about them being there and contributing and show your crowd and admin you are involved in the game. Critics are always going to be there. Just worry about your band being safe, having fun, and playing well. Remember, marching band is a concert band in motion. Whether they move or stand still outside, sound production not projection is the most important factor. Best of luck to you, your staff, and kids. You sound like you got it together!