Re: No Drum Corps Experience - Should I be worried?
Posted by Situational Awareness on 6/16/2020, 1:11 pm, in reply to "No Drum Corps Experience - Should I be worried?"
It really depends on what youíre looking for. As a new teacher, it can (and will) did include you from some of the high powered gigs. However, there are, as stated below, a lot of great gigs where DCI experience is a non-issue. Case in point, where I am currently, a DCI approach would run every kid off. They need a different approach than how DCI does things. Not that DCIís method is bad, but there is an assumed level of dedication and work ethic there that allows a more intense approach. My kids have to be taught how to have a work ethic in the first place. |
My two cents: in the current job market, if youíre only looking at jobs that want DCI (typically suburban, competitive, high paying gigs like we were taught we are deserving of in undergrad) then youíre selling yourself short and unnecessarily limiting your field of possibilities. There are 1227 districts in Texas. Around 200 are charter schools less than half of that total post on the yellow board. Go actively seek positions on district websites. Get in a gig that you think you can handle (and double check with your mentors to make sure youíre not trying to take on Everest on your first climb, so go speak) and make it the most brilliant job you can do. Then trade on that success to get a better gig, and so on. After a few years youíll be destroying the ĎDCI experienceí crowd with your Ďproven record of successí experience.
And donít forget (like I often do when self assessing) that success means different things in different situations. In one place it may be 1ís and area trips. In another, it may be finally getting the number up to 50 and attending UIL for the first time in a decade.
Get a job, kick its butt, then get a bigger one, and kick its butt. You got this. Go forth and conquer.