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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000079.txt from 1998/03

From: JohnnyWalt <JohnnyWalt@-----.com>
Subj: Re: Marching Band (was alto mpcs)
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 18:13:13 -0500

In a message dated 98-03-02 13:30:34 EST, you write:

> Are
> you aware that the majority of public school band directors place the
> marching band emphasis ahead of the concert band? Is this your position
> as well? Do you believe they should be equal.....both in terms of
> emphasis and in terms of their valuable qualities as an art form?

Yes, I am aware that the majority of public school band directors place
marching band ahead of concert band. This is NOT my position whatsoever. The
concert band should have just the same standards of excellence as the marching
band. How can I say, however, what is equal and what is not in terms of their
valuable qualities as an art form? Can you compare a Van Gogh to a Monet?
It is more subjective in this area. I do feel that in any medium we should
strive for excellence and try to accomplish the highest goals.

< No one would argue that you should do it well (by the way, which
< nationally, higly commended marching band are you a member of? Is it
< college or public school? Makes a difference!).

I go to Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, IL. It is a private
catholic school.

< I have already told the list about my experiences, but, I will be happy to
< list them:

Obviously, you have had major experience in this area......but often times the
kind of program that my school and others like it across the nation put
together is totally different from most colleges and private schools. It is
more similar to DCI, but not exactly.....You would have to see a tape.......

Anyway, thanks for your input..

Matt Walter

   
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