FMB 8th Grade Invitations

A few words about 8th grade marching band invitations:

I wanted to post some commentary about the invitations that I'm about to hand out to some 7th grade band members (who will be 8th graders next year) for both parents and students to consider:

*A small rural school like ours relies on talented 8th grade band members filling out our membership in the FMB.  This has been a practice of mine since my first year of teaching. 8th grade members can be tremendous contributors to our group.  Many small schools like ours do this and it is not out of the ordinary.

*Not all 8th graders are invited with good reason. Marching band takes musical talent, physical coordination, and social maturity that many 13 year olds have not developed yet.  I will not set a student up to fail, so if they are not invited, it is simply because they need to "stay in the oven" another year.  All band members are invited to participate as 9th graders, but being selected as an 8th grader is an honor and a reward.

*8th grade marching band members enjoy all the benefits of full membership, such as band camp, road trips, social events, and the prestige associated with being a part of this amazing group. They are also, however, responsible for being present at all rehearsals and performances. The calendar of events is already set for the upcoming season. Members are also accountable for their participation in their grades according to the attendance policy.  There is no bench in band, so every member is a starter and an important contributor.

*If you decide to accept this invitation, notify Mr. Keller as soon as possible. There is a parent meeting on April 7 at 7pm. One parent of all marching band members need to be at this short but important meeting.  Your $50 band camp deposit is due at this time.  If you have any questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to contact me.

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