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Re: Show style
I taught an inner city program but we chose to go corp. They had all the problems you listed more than 1 time a month and still managed to get solid ratings because they were loaded with talent and I never accepted anything from them except to be quality musicians and I never allowed them to make excuses. We worked differently than those suburban programs you mentioned but I never expected less music. I saw a number of programs very similar to mine that didn't because they went a different route. You are correct that good teaching is good teaching. A good show band is as entertaining as any other ensemble. But as others have said, that is not he norm and not just because of the obstacles you mention. If done incorrectly where the objective is rote teaching and incredibly loud playing with no musical concepts then I guess that falls under the umbrella of bad teaching. Obstacles don't mean lack of talent or success. I know a lot of schools that could hang their list of excuses on their front door and they don't because at the end of the day it doesn't matter. Stop the bigotry of low expectations because life happens.
And you really have to not compare SWAC programs with college level musicians, (a good number I would bet come from those traditional music programs), to high school programs trying to copy them without any of the actual musical training.