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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001170.txt from 1999/01

From: "Paulette W. Gulakowski" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] HELP!
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 13:12:02 -0500

That's wonderful! How large is your school district - the "draw" for
your band? Are there one tenth, one third, one half of the total number
of high school kids in the band? This makes a difference statistically.
Can people be cut? This also makes a difference. In the East, inclusion
is a big deal AND so is cutting the music budget. If your musicians can
be trained AND supported by the school, the community and the competition
circuit they WILL KICK BUTT! A band plays as well as its "weakest"
section, marches as well as its "poorest" marcher, and shows as well as
it's least dramatic performer. This is what our judges see.
I am very impressed with your group and your pride in it. I'll be
watching the parade to see you!
P.S. I am not advocating for *smaller* bands at all! - just stating some
reasons others have given for it. I believe in inclusion. And I
believe the music teachers role is to make music come alive for everyone
in as many ways as each individual wishes to participate.

On Fri, 22 Jan 1999 23:48:00 EST Amanda Sanchez <>
>I'm sorry, but I really have to disagree with the third one. At
>Arcadia High School in Arcadia, CA, we had 310 members in our marching
>band, and we kicked BUTT! There were 43 clarinets alone. We won many
>sweepstakes and 1st place awards. It required a lot of work, but we
>definately made it great. We were big, and we were good.
>Amanda Sanchez
>Arcadia Apaches!
>Rose Parade 2000!!!
>>1. Competition classes are decided by size of group. The smaller
>>classes are "easier".
>>2. You CAN hear the woodwinds and many directors limit them in favor
>>of brass.
>>3. Besides, logistics of 200+ on the field can get really hairy...
>>There's a quote I hear often "They're too big to be good."
>>There's lots of reasons for smaller bands, these are a few.
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