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Re: Advice on what to do
And donít back down. Funding proposals. Put together a start up budget and donít hold back! Trajes can cost $500 and up, add a sombrero to that for $500, thatís $1000 per uniform. Mariachi uniforms arenít made like band uniforms, they will have to be constantly altered to fit kids and will wear more quickly. You may get 4 years out of them before replacement. Say you plan for 18 performers, that means youíll need about 25 uniforms in the set. So now youíre at $25,000. The good instruments have to be imported from Mexico so thereís a premium on them (not cheap), and just like any instrument they have to be replaced periodically. Music- there are a few method books out there, most have their music custom arranged -$500/arrangement. Since you donít have the expertise in this area youíll have to request an additional position to have someone teach this class -$50,000. Plus travel costs, competition fees, if there are no competitions in your area, then significant travel could be involved.
My bigger concern is your HS guys need to get in on this, if not directly with your principal, then through theirs. What happens with these students after 8th grade when they go to the HS? All of a sudden no mariachi? HS being forced to begin one? Now you have to plan for even more startup and continued funding for the HS group. Thatís not fair to them, nor is it fair that the HS will have this dumped on them. MS principals do not need to be setting into motion activities that will create collateral damage for the HS campus down the road. Any HS principal would agree with that.