If UIL athletics can do it so can we. I PROMISE you the top bands at 6A state this year will showcase the most affluent schools like they always do. They will have a massive staff, a million designers, and a field full of thousands of dollars worth of props. They will play fantastically and wow us. However, there will be a lot of schools back at home that have the same talent, but zero access to the designers that only money can afford. It breaks my heart. How many potential music educators are we losing because a child in a less affluent community does not get the opportunity because their parents cannot raise thousands of dollars? This is wrong.
I don't mean to fan the flames of argument, but I have personally taught bands that play and march just as well, but get shafted because of money. It is painful and has essentially chased me out of the profession because I refuse to join that club.