8 hours is too much. Kids are quitting band because of the time commitment. We are doing a disservice to our own profession and future of our profession.
ALSO: Schools are charging far too much for fees for HS band. IT IS OUT OF CONTROL! Band parents should not be paying thousands of dollars for marching techs, customized drill, customized arrangements, props and everything else that goes into a marching show. Directors expecting this from their community and parents should be ashamed of themselves. We are ruining our own profession.