Re: Why go back
Posted by BDSO on 4/25/2021, 9:30 am, in reply to "Why go back"
Because band directors are traditionalists, despite the "cutting edge" things we try. That's the real reason. When it comes down to it they don't like change. This time the excuse will be (and has been all year long), "to get back to a sense of normalcy". To that, I claim BS. The fact is band directors don't like to change. How many have used the same warm-ups for years and never change? How many have the same systems and routines they developed when they first started? The argument (and not arguing this point) is "it works". The counter-argument is "have you looked to see if there is a better way?" Just because something works doesn't mean there isn't a better way. Do I agree that at least the first round (and all of middle school, which is just one round) should be recorded? YES!!! Especially middle school. It is a better way we were forced to try this year. Half the kids aren't prepared and that just wastes everyone's time, including the students who are prepared. You have to pay for buses and a driver an all day rate even though they are just sitting there. The host school has to pay custodians, boosters have to organize concession options, food has to be purchased for directors, extra judges have to be hired, the host directors have to work extra hard before and after to get set up, etc. And, let's not even talk about possible issues caused by unsupervised students (yes, our band kids are great; it's everyone else's who are causing problems). Seriously, is all of that worth 3-5 minutes of playing from a student when it could be done virtually and directors can listen to it on their own? I will say this: I usually judge trumpets and my wife flutes. What used to take all day in person, took a 2-3 hours this year, and for only a few less kids in each section. It is a much better process. But, some complained the recording process was tricky, or flawed and cheating could happen, or recordings wouldn't upload, etc. To that I remind them that this was new and everything new has bugs to work out. Yes, we could still pivot to a remote audition process when the time comes, but I really think it should just be the norm now. Despite any issues, it is still a better way, at least for the first rounds. |
Now, let's talk about why TBA isn't offering a "virtual clinic" option this year and why all region meetings should have a virtual option too for those that have to travel a long distance...