You knew what you signed up for when you took that job. If you weren't willing to work 70+ hours a week to help that program get to the next level, which is what it takes these days, then you ARE better off finding another job or career.
That being said..
I think marching band is becoming way too big a deal in education. So much of so many of our programs are 100% focused around the Show. We do Show reveals in the Spring. They hand out the Show music the week after UIL. They start fundamental refresher camps just after STAAR testing in May to get ready to learn the Show as soon as August 1 rolls around.
And the worst part is, we've done it to ourselves. In order to keep up with those GREAT programs that have kids willing to do this, the GOOD programs have to do it too, or there's no way to compete.
Time was that you could make SMC finals rehearsing only 6-7 hours a week at the 5A level. Now? No chance. You've got to be right at (or slightly over, in many cases, realistically) that 8 hour limit. Every second has to be maximized. Marching techs, six band directors on "staff," people correcting and micromanaging every second of a kid's experience, all for the Show.
It's why I'm stepping away from HS. I want to teach band. Barring that, I want to teach music. Let me teach kids to love to make music, not to go out and spend a thousand hours for a 7 minute Show that will define their entire high school lives for a year or more.
Sure, it's great to "win" - but for 99% of the kids who enter HS, they will never win a state championship. What are those kids getting out of all this? Is it fun? Is it interesting? Is it entertaining? Or is it all about the Show?
(And how many of those GREAT programs have huge dips in enrollment/engagement after the Show is over for the year? I remember seeing stories and hearing anecdotes from kids that said that some well-known bands would lose a hundred members in the Spring semester every year because they burned out due to the Show)