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Re: Was it because........
One of the things that makes Texas great, (I'm a Yankee but got here as fast as I could), is those uncompromising standards. Rather than allowing an out and possibly lower teaching the standards demand a minimum standard to define success. I'm all for that. I was in an Inner city setting that played the same music as I played in my north of Texas suburban HS. Why? Because there wasn't an option to play down so you taught your backside off and played music with no excuses. And I could find 1000 excuses but nobody wanted to listen so after a few years I stepped up and figured it out.
Sure, sometimes it is hard to find music that fits because of instrumentation. But don't change the standards. Expand the PML maybe but keep a minimum set of standards free of excuses or prepare to be like other parts of the country. Texas has the best bands in the country. And they have more quality bands than any other state in the country as well.