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Re: Small School Band Help
In order to succeed you need 100% admin support. Many administrators want the success but are not willing to help you with schedules, money, limiting pull outs, promoting your class over technology, etc. Make this known off the bat. I am leaving a program that has begun disappearing because although there’s admin support, technology and dance are promoted above all else. The schedule is okay but not the best. High school band directors are almost non existent at the campus. Many other electives have very lax expectations and we can’t have lax expectations in band because we actually have to do pep band. Parades, concerts, etc while those classes can get away with having 8 good kids, so when students find out they’re not going to do anything in ABC class, they jump ship. My campus also has 3 remedial classes and adding a fourth next year. That also takes away from the amount of students who can join electives or multiple electives. All these “small” things take their toll.