Re: Honor Band curious
Posted by Welch's on 1/20/2020, 4:15 am, in reply to "Honor Band curious"
Why not both? |
It is possible to keep the 3 pieces in the kids' folders from December-May, while making sure everyone is doing a solo and ensemble, and have a separate set of fun music for their spring concert. The idea is to have some recordings using "May kids" rather than "March kids", not so much that you use every last available rehearsal hour from December-May on the Honor Band music.
On Honor Band years (and really, on non-years as well), my HS director would just keep handing out pieces to read starting the week before Xmas Break. He usually wouldn't pick them back up. Each day of January/February we wouldn't know if we'd be sightreading a new piece or going over an old one. More and more, the pieces he was leaning toward would show up on the rehearsal rotation. By March we'd have like 6-8 major works in our folders, but we had a pretty good idea of which ones we were playing for UIL by then even though he wouldn't tell us officially til like a week before Pre-UIL.
After UIL we'd probably spend about half our rehearsal time on those same 3, but for the end-of-year concert he'd throw in a pop tune and we'd start focusing on one other work in our folder we'd had since January or February that we'd been picking at periodically and work that up. We'd hand back everything else we hadn't played in a while, and keep going with the rest. We'd perform the same 3 UIL/Honor Band pieces for the spring trip in late April/early May, and for the end-of-year concert in May he'd pick one or two of the Honor Band pieces he still wanted to get a final recording on, plus we'd perform the pop tune and the other work (it was usually a march or some easy 4 if he was wanting to record the march again). The approach kept things fresh while also making sure the Honor Band music was both polished and kept at the front of our minds and he'd be able to submit a recording or 2 using "May Kids" if we didn't sell it on the UIL tape. It also made us better sightreaders by having us constantly reading new music and gave him more options to fall back on if we faltered on the harder music.
We did have 2 after school rehearsals and a separate sectional each week. You really do have to have that extra time with this approach...but it doesn't burn the kids out as much adding that in when it's not the same 3 pieces all the friggin' time. Truth be told though, if you're training good readers they learn the music quicker and you end up not needing to invest as much time into it to get your desired results.
How many of y’all out there submit but still give your kids a positive spring semester, not playing the same three songs for six months, and are successful?
A good spring concert, success at solo and ensemble, however that may look for you.