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Re: 8th graders in HS marching band
I would encourage you to examine the "select" few. That creates some issues with some admin. If you have "auditions" and the select become "earned", it is a little more palatable. If it is front ensemble, or certain instruments, you create a "not fair" attitude with some others. And, finally, if they do not desire to march/participate in the HS marching band, cut them some slack.
Adding them is legal, and in some cases advantageous.