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We've discussed the reasons why indoor ensembles (winter guard, indoor percussion) typically require additional funding resources. In most scholastic situations, these ensembles are typically play 2nd-fiddle to the school marching band, and sometimes these programs are under-funded.
One of the battles that band boosters, music boosters, and every name variant of a parent group that supports the performing arts faces - possibly the BIGGEST battle - is finding new and different ways to generate revenue for their Organization.
This is the time of year when indoor winter guard and percussion ensembles are auditioning, setting their member roster, and beginning the competitive season.
The marching and performing arts might be the single greatest youth development activity available to kids today. Sports are great too, but there is something additional in the marching arts that combine artistic and emotional dimensions with the physical demands required of performers. This unique blend of skill competencies sets the marching activities apart from the rest of the activity landscape, in our humble opinion.
NOTE - this post is from November 2017, however with band camps kicking-off and marching band season ramping-up, we felt it was appropriate to update this post - read on friends...
I had a chance to travel to Indianapolis for Bands of America Grand National Championships last week, and while my thoughts are still in a jumble at 30K feet, I wanted to provide some minor revelations that were realized this past week.