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Re: 8th graders in HS marching band
I do not know your classification or size of your marching band. Making an assumption that you are in a smaller school these 8th graders may be a great help to the band. I added three 8th graders to my small 42 member marching band class 3a. They were all soloists in the show and helped the band get to state for the first time in the history of the school. Our school was getting smaller and we moved all the 8th graders into the varsity band the following year. The school became 2a within a few years. This may not be the direction your school is going but if your student population is getting smaller I would recommend using 8th graders in small groups or the entire 8th grade band class. It paid off well for our program (2 Honor Bands).