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1. Is there a lot of commitment?
To quote Sophocles: "Success is dependent on effort."
All of our performances and numerous rehearsals are outside of the school day. We need hard working and dependable students who wish to be the best they can be. Whether you are the 40th flutsist or the sole Bass Clarinetest, WE NEED YOU!
2. What if I have a job that interferes with the bands' performances?
The band calendar is on the website to help you prevent problems with scheduling. If your job interferes with performances, you will have a difficult choice to make. There are few exceptions to this rule. Please see one of the directors immediately if a conflict arises.
3. What if I am in an Activity that is at the same time as a performance?
There are three answers to this question:
- If our performance is for your sport, you would participate in the other activity.
- If you are involved in a sport or other activity which is in conflict with a concert, festival or parade, you need to talk with your band director and coach/adviser and have them contact us so an amiable solution can be reached.
- Our performances always trump sport practices.
4. Can you really have fun in a group that requires so much discipliine?
Yes. It is important for all of us to have respect for each other and to adhere to certain guidelines in order to accomplish our goal of creating and performing great music. There will be those who test this and they will have to learn what is constructive and whast is destructive in a program such as ours.
5. Is the music really hard? What if I can't play it all?
If at first the music is too difficult, do not get discouraged. Every new Symphonic Band member has the same fears and difficulties. As your teacher, I will do everything I can to help you. Marching Band can be the most difficult, as it is written for all high school students and requires some memorization. By the end of the year, you will be wondering why you even thought Marching Band was hard!