Re: Honor Bands
Posted by Me on 3/8/2021, 8:32 am, in reply to "Re: Honor Bands"
You missed my point entirely. |
Yes, parents are important to all band programs.
My point, though, was that *no band* makes Honor Band without a commitment from THAT PARENT GROUP and THE COMMUNITY to get them there, full stop.
Without the parents being 100% on board with the decision, you WILL NOT qualify. Period. There will be another band competing with you that HAS that commitment, and the financial impact that comes with it, that will outperform you.
You could put Band Jesus him/herself (and this person can be ANYONE you choose) in front of an impoverished, wealthy, rural, suburban, urban, inner city, or medium-town school - they would not become an honor band simply due to their presence. They MIGHT be able to inspire the parents into committing more resources (financial or other) to the development of an honor band, but the kids wouldn't magically become better musicians just because of their sheer presence.
You 100% have to have a commitment from the community and parents through the form of extra rehearsals, lessons, clinicians, quality equipment, quality facilities, accountability, all of it - or honor band will simply not happen for that program. Every single "techniques and perspectives of the Honor Band directors" I've ever attended has made that clear. Winning honor band is a 100% commitment from every single family involved in the program.
No program wins honor band based solely upon the director, the school's reputation, race or ethnicity of kids, socio-economic status, or networking. They win it because the parents commit to making it happen for their community and kids. (And it's the same reason why the same five to six schools are consistently near the top of the heap year after year in football, across conferences, too - because those communities and parents support everything that it takes to have a winning program, and make it happen.)