Re: Student attitudes
Posted by BDSO on 12/14/2020, 4:36 pm, in reply to "Student attitudes"
It is a matter of exposure and reference. I've seen HS kids laugh at the smaller bands because their shows are simpler with easier music. But at the same time, I've taught small school bands that were great and were in awe of the large school bands as if they were college groups or drum corps groups. The focus needs to be on why each is different and why they are the same. The large schools have more resources (instructors, money, students to pull from, etc) than the small schools. At the same time they all have one thing in common: they are all 14-18 year old kids with a talent the very few others posses and the will to display it and grow at it. That is the bottom line. I went to the 2A contest today, and while I didn't necessarily agree with all of the rankings it was interesting to see the variety in the shows. Some were were thought out and could easily be adapted to a large class band; some looked like they were stuck in the past. But they all had great playing and kids who loved band. That should be the focus when you show bands outside of your classification. |
Oh, and remember most kids make fun of other kids talents because they are afraid to admit they cannot do it themselves. Some of these bands today had 8th graders. 8th graders who made it to the STATE MARCHING CHAMPIONSHIP! When was the last time any of those kids put in the kind of effort to reach that level? I have no problems telling my band students that and you shouldn't either. Sometimes the best lesson come from being knocked down a peg or two.