I went to a very large school in the city and we had just a small handful in band, no marching band, just a pep band really. No one even went to the football games.GREAT! What my niece wouldn't give to have a band that big!!! It is such a shame back home most of the school bands are lucky if they have 20 kids in them! She is grooming the young ones coming up but by that time, she probably will be teaching band somewhere else. She is so frustrated with the school system. They have come to expect so much from her with little help or reward.
I also saw the other post about your "guest". You all have such luck :-( You know my hubby, he'd been there with the shot gun..
We have been fortunate so far that even with the consolidations that took place about 30 years ago, we still have 5 high schools in our County. (My home County is down to one in the whole county - were at least 3 when I started high school) Our high school serves the entire northern end of the county - some kids are on the bus 1 hour each way. We also have the largest band (and kids from the other high schools and middle schools are in our Community Band) and has the largest ROTC - ours is NJROTC with an award winning rifle team (DH has coached that team for 14 years now.). Not ashamed to be proud of our high school (in the last 10 years - State Champs in Baseball once, boys basketball twice, cheerleaders 4 times, and I think football once). They also have an Academic Wall in the school.Love the town parades with the marching bands! Our son's HS marching band was almost 300 kids! That was not a county high school either but just one of many HS bands. Friday night football and the marching bands were a big deal in Texas.
We went to the Veterans Day parade here in our downtown. The marching bands here are very different...looks of sparkling sequins on the flag squad participants outfits and even on some of the band uniforms.....