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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001177.txt from 1999/01

From: Amanda Sanchez <clarinet84@-----.com>
Subj: Re: [kl] HELP!
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 13:12:09 -0500

Our district is pretty large, and a huge emphasis goes into music. There
are over 3,500 in our high school, so I guess that would make our band
less than 1/10 are in band. Also, no one can be cut from field
preformances, but there are auditions for street parades.
Amanda

On Sat, 23 Jan 1999 09:15:14 EST "Paulette W. Gulakowski"
<pollyg@-----.com> writes:
>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!
>Paulette
>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.

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