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Re: Canceling a concert last minute
For my beginner concert, I sometimes would talk parents through a year of beginner band. I started out by explaining what our first sounds were like (cue the band to squeak and squawk) Then we learned how to make a good sound (band plays line #7 with all whole notes). You can work your way through the book in 2 minutes or 10 minutes depending on how long you want this to go on. At the end, you can tell the parents you are going to attempt something never before done in this band's history: "REAL" band music. Play one of your band songs, it may live or die but the parents will be proud of their youngsters for coming as far as they did.
Remember Meredith Wilson and The Music Man. Come on Professor Harold Hill, you can DO THIS!