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Re: Honor Bands
Posted by Older than dirt on 3/6/2021, 9:08 am, in reply to "Re: Honor Bands
BAND PROGRAMS cannot exist without parents period. Honor bands cannot exist without administration approval and understanding. After our first Honor band at this school district the high school principal said "what you won last summer is unimportant. We need more spirit at our football games. A couple of board members want the band to dance in the stands. That is what is really important!" I put my keys on his desk and offered to resign. I told him "I am 62 years old and majored in music, not dance. If the kids want to move with the drum section's stand cadences I will certainly not discourage them!" That was not our last discussion on that topic. Some of my flag corp members who were also cheerleaders taught the band some moves and helped the situation at football games.
This same principal became superintendent and eventually had two of his children in band. His perseption of band changed when we won high school Honor band and he came to the concert in San Antonio.
Success is a double edged sword though. Enrollment in band almost doubled in the next few years creating big needs for instruments and uniforms. The Conn/Seller program helped alleve some of our needs but with uniforms now 16 years old I am glad to be retired and not facing that fight.