I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I'm thrilled to find this site and realize I'm not the only crazy marching band fanatic around! My high school band was 4th at State in Texas 4A many moons ago when I was a Senior and I've been a marching band and DCI fanatic since. Now I have a Freshman daughter and 7th grade son so I'll be a band dad for the next six years or so at least!
Our high school has only been around a handful of years, and last year was the first year that our band had Seniors. I have been really impressed with our band director and program, and they have improved every year, but naturally we are a young program so are not as well equipped or experienced as some of the other bands in our area. Nonetheless, they have earned a 1 at Region every year and advanced to Area.
Obviously, I am very impressed with the top bands in Area D. My eyes were opened to exactly how stiff the competition is. I came into the day fairly confident that we would do well enough to advance to finals at least but wow - those Leander ISD schools are all crazy good. I guess that district just really invests in their marching band program. Great for them! Those kids are lucky to have such great school and parent support.
That said, it can't just be about money. There must be a lot that goes into getting that quality of a show on the field. They get the same eight hours a week that we do, but their marching is pretty advanced. Do they have spring marching, or clinicians come in? Or staff with those skills?
As I said, props to those bands - but it is frustrating to have a band that is good enough to advance in other regions that will likely not be as good as one of the top bands in this region for years to come. Basically, as a parent, I wonder how we can help our band be better? All insite and suggestions are welcome!