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Brian Balch

Heather mentioned a percussion honors group separate from the honors band itself.  I think this is a great solution to keep every candidate in the group.

 

I’ll still field candidates for oboe.

 

I think we can afford more clarinets and horns, too, but I won’t open this up until I get some more input.

Brian

Directors,

 

Please give me your input at balch.brian@gmail.com on the following issues for the HS Honors Band.  I still hope to have a finalized roster by Monday, so please respond by Friday Dec. 1st.

 

Preface – I realize these are the choices we as professionals made and we want to minimize any amount of “tinkering.”

 

However, I feel there are some problems that could be fixed much like the MS Honors Band situation.  It’s not a perfect system…

 

Flute – 16

Oboe – 0

Bssn – 2

Cl – 12

Bs Cl – 3

CbCl – 1

Asx – 12

Tsx – 2

Bsx – 2

Tpt – 18

Hn – 4

Tbn – 7

Eu – 5

Tu -6

Perc – 16

 

The two glaring issues I see are no oboes and 16 percussionists.  We can tinker and finagle other areas – perhaps more clarinet and horn, but I think the most pressing issue is reducing percussion and allowing those directors to make alternate choices (first dibs to fill in some other areas).

 

My intent is not to disclude kids – we do have about twice as many percussionists to give them a great experience.  16 percussion is going to mean most kids get oboe/mallet-type parts for the whole day and doubling snare, etc.

 

If we do wish to add oboes – I’d need those that feel they have an honors-quality player and their accolades to email me ASAP.  I have a senior who could fit the bill, but doesn’t have any sort of superior honors other than Div I’s at State S&E.  Good kid, good player.

 

If we wish to cut percussionists, I think we need to cut off after 2nd choices.  We had 6 first-choice and 2 second-choice players.  Again, if that is the decision, those directors with 3rd, 4th or 5th choice players would get another choice – preferably in the areas of need.  This is simply my recommendation at this point.

 

Please give me your input!  I’d really appreciate it as I don’t want to step on toes or cause hard feelings.

 

Brian Balch

These are the schools that submitted entries as of yesterday:

Reed City High School
McBain Rural Agricultural Schools
Cadillac High School
Baldwin High School
Manistee Catholic Central
Walkerville
Big Rapids Crossroads HS
Manistee HS
Mason County Central (Scottville)
Morley Stanwood
Manton
Hesperia
Ludington High School
Shelby
Brethren High School
White Cloud High School
Pine River High School
Lake City High School
Chip Hills
Big Rapids HS

I have entries from the following schools:

Reed City High School
McBain Rural Agricultural Schools
Cadillac High School
Baldwin High School
Manistee Catholic Central
Walkerville
Big Rapids Crossroads HS
Manistee HS
Big Rapids HS
Please submit final entries by the end of the day today.
Thank you!
Brian Balch