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Re: Why canít my kid play saxophone or the drums?
I agree with your procedures. Being in a small school that supplies 99% of the instruments I don't usually have difficulties with parents when comparing band to a balanced athletic team. I audition kids on every instrument whether they want to or not and let them list their top three choices. I select their instrument based on what I think suits them. Most of the time my choice falls on one of their top 3 choices and everyone is happy. Our retention is near 100% from 6th to 12th grade the past 6 years. It's been difficult to keep up with demand for instruments but it's a nice problem to have. Administration and the school board have been very supportive. As the coaches say, everyone wants to be on a winning team. (A couple of HB's have kept interest high in our team.)