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  1. Let me start by asking. What do band students get out of marching band? In Basic terms, and not fully complete. They learn how to march. They learn how to be respectful of other boundaries (spacing) They learn how to breathe, manage airflow, and play an instrument at the same time. They learn how to interact with others. They create and contribute to an overall goal and picture. I can honestly say that Marching band in its real form is on the chopping block this year. Are our Band directors and staffs able to teach the basic marching outcomes for students? YES. What I am seeing is a lack of imagination. Lots of complaining, but no contingency plans. Here are my ideas on creating an online marching band curriculum. In crude form. 1. How to march. a. Film Student Leaders performing, demonstrating and breaking down marching techniques for students. Send to all students and have them send back recordings periodically. Hold a zoom chat 1 to 3 times a week for 15 minutes to be lead by the director or instructor. b. Ask student leaders to reach out to band students to help them with any questions they have. c. Provide students with the ability to record if they are unable to obtain equipment. (Band Boosters) 2. Have students lay down yard lines 10 to 20 yard (3 or 5 lines). This way they will really get to understand the lengths of the yard. Can be done on grass in a yard or with chalk in a parking lot. Then they can practice marching on the lines. Furthermore, they could spray paint dots on the ground and work toward marching to them and back to the line. If they are able and it is safe, have them include a person do the same steps but 6 feet away from them. Help them understand spacing and avoiding the billiard ball effect. 3. Teach students breathing exercises and then have them go for a short run while performing the breathing exercises. After that, have them perform long tones while marching those same 3 to 5-yard lines. Have them march down a sidewalk or parking lot playing a scale up and down in whole, half, quarter and eight notes. 4. Host a weekly zoom sectional where students and student leaders discuss issues and problems with the instructor or director. Go over any music to be performed. 30 minutes minimum. This is also a great time to introduce the music for the show and provide instructional resources. 5. Directors and Instructors should create a 3-5 minute marching band show that showcases the students achievements while creating a video that includes all students. A final performance could be edited to create a production video that matches up to a universal song. 9 weeks of training and hard work culminating in a show is what would have happened on the field if we could be there. If things open and the band can get on the field. These lessons will be all the more valuable. Because opening is not going to leave much time for teaching and training. It is now or never. Take control of your show and create an online curriculum for your marching band show that will probably be an online show. I hope not. I miss the smell of grass.
  2. b) STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. Eligibility regulations as outlined in Constitution Subchapter M and Contest Rules Subchapter D shall apply to UIL music competitions and events. The superintendent or a designee shall certify the eligibility of participants at the time of their entry into the event. Refer to Section 1103(b). (1) Limited Competition. No student may perform with more than one ensemble in each organization event code. Refer to Section 1110. Exception: An instrumental student may participate with more than one ensemble in each organization event code, provided the student is performing on a different instrument in each ensemble. Refer to the UIL website for acceptable definitions of different instruments. (2) Grade Limits. No student in grades 6 and below may participate in UIL music competitions or events. Exception: Sixth grade students are eligible to participate in UIL concert and sight-reading evaluation under the following provisions. (A) Orchestra. The student shall be enrolled in the corresponding music class of the ensemble that is participating in concert and sight-reading. (B) Band and Choir. The student shall be enrolled in the corresponding music class of the ensemble that is participating in concert and sight-reading and the band or choir shall be comprised of a majority of 7th grade students or above. (3) Member of Organization. For the purpose of a UIL music competition or evaluation, a student need not be enrolled in the corresponding music course, provided that all other student eligibility requirements are met. Exception: Section 1102(b)(2)(A&B). Section 1102: GENERAL REGULATIONS (a) SCHOOL ELIGIBILITY. Schools shall participate in UIL music competition and events based on assignment to conferences in even numbered years. Refer to Section 1102(h). (1) New Schools. New UIL-member schools and/or UIL-member schools not having competed during the preceding year and intending to enter music contests may become eligible by notifying their Region Executive Secretary in writing prior to September 1. (2) New Middle Schools and Junior High Schools. New middle schools and junior high schools (whose corresponding high schools are members of the UIL) not having competed during the preceding year and intending to enter music contests and events may become eligible by notifying their Region Executive Secretary in writing prior to October 1. (3) Schools that ‘Opt Up”. Schools that ‘opt up’ a conference (participate in a higher conference than their enrollment qualifies) for reclassification and realignment purposes have the option to participate in music competitions and events in the conference in which their actual enrollment would place them. (b) STUDENT ELIGIBILITY. Eligibility regulations as outlined in Constitution Subchapter M and Contest Rules Subchapter D shall apply to UIL music competitions and events. The superintendent or a designee shall certify the eligibility of participants at the time of their entry into the event. Refer to Section 1103(b). (1) Limited Competition. No student may perform with more than one ensemble in each organization event code. Refer to Section 1110. Exception: An instrumental student may participate with more than one ensemble in each organization event code, provided the student is performing on a different instrument in each ensemble. Refer to the UIL website for acceptable definitions of different instruments. (2) Grade Limits. No student in grades 6 and below may participate in UIL music competitions or events. Exception: Sixth grade students are eligible to participate in UIL concert and sight-reading evaluation under the following provisions. (A) Orchestra. The student shall be enrolled in the corresponding music class of the ensemble that is participating in concert and sight-reading. (B) Band and Choir. The student shall be enrolled in the corresponding music class of the ensemble that is participating in concert and sight-reading and the band or choir shall be comprised of a majority of 7th grade students or above. (3) Member of Organization. For the purpose of a UIL music competition or evaluation, a student need not be enrolled in the corresponding music course, provided that all other student eligibility requirements are met. Exception: Section 1102(b)(2)(A&B). (4) Forfeiture. In the event an ineligible student participates in any music competition or event, knowingly or unknowingly, the minimum penalty shall be forfeiture of the ratings and awards. Section 1103 (a) PROCEDURE. All entries, including deadline policies, shall be prepared and submitted in compliance with the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules and procedures established by the Region Executive Committee. (b) ORGANIZATION ROSTER FORM NO. 1. A copy of the Organization Roster Form No. 1 certified by the school district administration listing in alphabetical order all students eligible at the time of the event shall be on file with the Region Executive Secretary (or designee) prior to the commencement of each organization’s performance. (c) ENTRY FEE: Each organization entering a music region event is required to pay an entry fee as established by the Region Executive Committee. In addition, each organization in concert and sight-reading and marching band shall pay a state fee as determined by the Legislative Council. State fees will be forwarded to the UIL Office by the Region Executive Committee. So in real world terminology. Yes. You can compete in Solo and Ensemble and Region Concert or Orchestra competition. You cannot compete in any ensemble in which you are not a member of the class….per se. The most important thing is that you need your director to put you on the eligibility list and the superintendent needs to sign and they must present at UIL competitions. Usually, they use one for Marching, Solo and Ensemble and UIL Region, Area And State Band and other Music competitions such as orchestra and jazz. The school must pay for your entry. If you have a strong parent base, you might be able to overcome any obstacles put forth by the band director. Other than that, you need the band director to be on your side and to help you out. If you burn that bridge, then it would be hard to compete. Unless, you have outside adults, such as parents, who will push the director, if not the administration to allow you to perform. Again……….. So for Region, as long as the director has the right form with your name on the roster, along with the superintendents approval, and they pay the entry fees, then you are totally eligible to enter Region without having to march in the band. You just have to be willing to Push the Facts.
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