I am doing mostly private teaching, working on my own chops, some jazz combo work at another high school and gigging lately.
But I told our local Band Director that I'd volunteer to help him with his program. (Sonoma , Ca) HS of 1500 kids. I went into "concert" band rehearsal yesterday and he has 1 trpt, 1 sax, 4 clarinets, 4, flutes, 1 trombone, 1 electric bass playing tube or something parts and three drummers.
1. Hes a brand new teacher here so this program isn't his fault. He inherented it.
2. He is half time music (for everything) and half time math teacher. Thats not his fault either.
So , my question has two parts. First can anybody reccomend any chamber music for this size band. Playing band scores is kind of silly.
And, how would you as a teacher or student attract the kids who dropped out over the last few years?
I'm going to come by and sit in with the band for an hour a week. Yesterday I helped the trpt player by playing soprano with him. He had the music marked up in a way I'd never seen before. Hard to describe but I think he was reminding himslf of the 2 flats in the key and basically writing in almost everything down an octave. I played trpt back in grade/high/college so I "get " it.
The Band director seems to have alot of energy and wants this to get better so any suggestions would be welcome. Just like the other band directors I know he's working alot of hours (especially doing math also) K