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  1. Guest1234

    New System

    Lol. Excuse me for believing in inclusiveness for all instead of leaving kids out. How dumb of me. 🤦‍♂️ Guess I should have had a V8.
  2. Guest1234

    Job Board 2018

    Normally they take them down after the position has been filled. 🤦‍♂️
  3. Guest1234

    New System

    No, I don't think it's right to ask a select group of students either. It's not right. As I said before, if you want a group of elite kids then have an advanced band class during the day or a group that meets after school. Again, any kid who wants to march within the grades that are allowed they should be able to. Don't bring in a couple of 7th graders and leave the rest out. If you're going to allow 7th graders, then allow all who want to march. Same with any other grade 8th-12th. Not every kid has the mental capacity that you did, so you can not say that it works for everyone. Sure you can throw out the whole "if they dont want to do the work then they shouldn't be apart of it", but a select group of students shouldn't be singled out either. If a kid wants to march, let them march. If they can't march for whatever reason, out them in the pit with a cymbal, triangle, bass drum, etc. There's something that anyone and everyone can do, and just because they're not exceling in the instrument they picked in 6th grade doesn't mean they won't on a different instrument. Inclusive not exclusive.
  4. Guest1234

    New System

    The post was removed for the public to not see. Lol.
  5. Guest1234

    New System

    Because when those middle schoolers get turned down twice, they're not going to want to march in high school. It crushes their self esteem and their confidence at a volatile age where their minds are fragile and impressionable. You may be okay with it, but that doesn't mean everyone has to be. Imagine the band Estill could have had this entire time had they not started holding "auditions". Not being able to afford uniforms is a copout in my opinion. There are ways around that, as we've seen bands work around it plenty of times. Again band should be inclusive. It's also funny that you think a couple of posts means we're hating on them. We are discussing on the audition process and it's affects on a child, something that many bands have used over the years, not just Estill. So again, want to tell a kid with special needs that they can't be in marching band because they don't meet the expectations on a piece of paper? I know i sure don't. Nothing wrong with assessment, but kids shouldn't be cut. The kid you cut could end up being your best player later on down the road, but you might not ever know because they decided to quit playing because they were told they weren't good enough. It may be the extreme, but you can not tell me that this hasn't happened.
  6. Guest1234

    Job Board 2018

    KEPS has it listed, guess they never removed it from last summer or something.
  7. Guest1234

    New System

    The post on Instagram has disappeared after sparking controversy. 🤔
  8. Guest1234

    Job Board 2018

    I wish someone would bring Montgomery County back. They had some promise in 2009 with their Heart of Darkness show, but I think fluctuating between 4A and 5A every year hurt them a lot. Same with Woodford County, and now that they're solidly in 4A they've progressed quite nicely!
  9. Guest1234

    Job Board 2018

    So far... Apollo Edmonson Boyle Mongomery
  10. Guest1234

    State Concert Assessment

    For that matter, why even open up assessment for the public? Lol. I've seen some concert bands with horrible posture, horn angles, and just look down right unprofessional, and having come from a band who the judges always commented on "how professional" we sounded AND looked, I'm sure judges will comment on how unprofessional one would look as well. Posture at the very least, as it ties into ones playing ability, should be commented on. NABBA is a bit different, as you should already know these things to be part of a brass band, but middle and high school is a bit different. Now, not announcing a programs name while allowing a judge to see the program might be something to look into.
  11. Guest1234

    New System

    I've always said auditions are for the classroom, not the field. You want to have a group of just the elite then create an "advanced band" class, i.e. symphonic band, wind ensemble, etc. I know personally that when I was in high school most of our band consisted of the poor kids, who didn't have the greatest home life, who wanted to be a part of something better than their normal lives. Who would want to tell the kid who has to go home and be abused and/or neglected, who may not have another meal until the next morning that they're not good enough to be in the marching band? Or the kid who has a medical condition that might keep them out of every other extra ciricular, but would be very capable of running their finger through a windchime, or hit a bass drum with a mallet, or play the triangle that they can't be in the marching band when every other extra ciricular in their school has told them no? We have come so far as to have a special needs Drum Corps, The FREE Players! Why? Because band is all inclusive. These kids are going to be told that they're not good enough for the rest of their lives after high school, and while yes we should prepare them for that life, it doesn't mean we should start telling them that at ages 13-18 when their minds are most vulnerable. They're already going to have to deal with it during district, all state, and honors band auditions anyways. Marching band used to be fun and the competitiveness of it was just the cherry on top. Now it's all about winning, doing anything to get there, and the whole "what are you gonna give me?" At the end of the day this is about the kids; not the director, not the staff, not the school, not the administration, not the parents, not the fans. It should be about educating the kids first and foremost, helping them grow as musicians, teaching them life lessons, and helping them flourish so that when they graduate and move out into the real world they're prepared to face it head on. Trophies tarnish, trophies break (ours always broke on the bus ride home), they're auctioned off or recycled. The memories, the teachings, the life lessons, and the deciplines will last forever and I could not fathom not letting a kid be a part of that.
  12. Guest1234

    New System

    Colorguard and Drumline auditions are on a seperate day entirely, and if it were solos or section leader or anything else they wouldn't be having two days of auditions. People are that cynical, they just don't let it show. Why do you think it happened before the class change of 2005? It won't be harder. They can cut numbers to lower their "score" for band size, causing them to drop a class or two. Which in Estills case it'll only be one class. 30 kids in 1A would actually make a splash and matter. A 5A band dropping to 30 kids to receive the lowest "score" would put them in 3A and that just wouldnt be feasible. There would be backlash because Estill is kind of the fan darlings, and have been since 2013. Trust me I've tried to find out as well, but it's tight lipped and honestly if it were just for music arrangements I think they would speak up about it instead of being shut up tight. Band has always been inclusive. It's not a sport, there shouldn't be auditions. Even the theater kids who can't act are put in the chorus line or made stage hands. If a kid can't march, put them in the pit. I remember on the 2005 or 2006 state video that aired on KET where a girl who was born without arms was playing in the pit USING HER MOUTH! Want to tell her she shouldn't have marched? What about the kid who had their sibling push them in their wheelchair in and out of formations so that they could perform with their friends? All inclusive. All programs have to do is look at the lists provided at meetings, granted the names were redacted but it's not hard to place them as several folks on here have already. The list with names will tell whos the biggest band in each class. Drop your numbers lower than them and theres a decent chance you could drop, especially for bands who will be in 2A who want to drop to 1A because then it could be an easy win, and honestly rightfully so. I'm right there with you. We saw it happen prior to 2005, bands would drop like flies to the lower classes. In the 1980s there wasn't a whole lot of bands in 1A (2A and 3A having the most participants), but once the 90s hit and people found out it could be done, we ended up with 40 bands in 1A.
  13. Guest1234

    New System

    Well in that case my apologies, but even you can admit your emoji was a little misleading.
  14. Guest1234

    New System

    Why, because I won't give a name? Because I want people to find out for themselves? Excuse me for not wanting to start the slander of a bands name. Forgive me for not wanting to put myself through the eventual backlash of giving the name. Find it for yourselves or stay in the dark, it doesn't matter to me. I'm just pointing you in the right direction because someone asked. ☕
  15. Guest1234

    New System

    All I can say is check Instagram.
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