I'm going to create a directory of sorts...TxBands Directory
Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:02 PM
Wow I just found this.
Joseph - Keller (2013-2017) - Brother Clarinet (2017-2021)
Never joining band has been my greatest regret in high school I even follow dci and marching band more than my brother and some of my band friends xD
Its quite amazing isn't it?
Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:34 PM
Guess I will do this, hopefully I can meet some people in San Antonio this year (at least I hope to be there)!!
PESHMom - Lynn, mom of Plano East alumni son(clarinet), 2012 - 2014, Plano Senior daughter alumni (clarinet) - 2014-2016, and a current Clark HS son (clarinet) who will go to Plano Senior 2019-2021.
They changed our school boundary lines, hence the younger two went or are going to a different Senior High School.
I too am a former Clarinet (and Saxophone) player from Wisconsin, but I moved to Texas in 1988 with my job. Although I came from a very successful band program back in Wisconsin
(which I am sad to say is no longer the case), I am continually amazed at the level of talent that Texas puts out in their band programs. Of course, there was a little bit of sticker shock too
for my first band meeting and the fees I had to pay as well, LOL.
Posted 13 July 2018 - 03:28 PM
Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:02 PM
How in the world are y'all able to run those Operations with over 700 kids to deal with?
It takes a village
For home games, it's not too difficult, since the stadium is next to the school. We'll have about 20 Pit Bulls and 20 parent volunteers at those games. The Pit Bulls handle moving non-instrument equipment, water, snacks, and generally any other "grunt" work. The parent volunteers handle things more directly involving the kids (i.e. chaperones). With 700+ kids in the stands, the band directors need more eyes and ears.
For away games and contests, we have more Pit Bulls and volunteers. There are two parent volunteers on each of the 15-16 buses, and 30 or so Pit Bulls. Up to this year, we've used 4 27-foot trucks to carry instruments and props, plus a 10-foot truck for water, snacks, plume cases, and other miscellaneous stuff. We should have 2 new semi trailers starting this year. We also send a couple of advance scouts early in the day to wherever we are going. They work with the facility to block off space for all of the buses and truck unloading, and to rope off the band area in the stands before the Allen fan crowd arrives. They direct the bus and truck caravan in and out, so we avoid having 20+ vehicle drivers trying to guess where to go.
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