I know that the topic is aimed at 6A, but there are 2A schools with 90-100 piece bands. That means that if the school is one of the smaller 2A schools, a band that size is going to have at least 90% of the total population of the school in it...and I doubt that those schools are using 8th graders. Now, that's the exception rather than the rule, but how are those directors able to recruit, and more importantly retain that many kids? Can't that also be done in larger schools?
Just my $0.06 (adjusted for inflation).