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Re: Percussion really small this year
Facing nearly the exact same issue. Went from 18 down to 10… I chose no battery, and put the front ensemble in the back of the field behind the winds. We’ve done this before with success (with a battery still, though). Once you teach the kids the science of sound, it becomes a metronome on the field. I rewrote the music to account for no battery. Lots of hand drums, and a drum kit alongside the mallets.
I would personally do one thing really well and not try and split what few kids I have.