Someone once asked me, "why on earth do you perform SO MUCH where you teach?" Initially, I was kind of taken back by this question. While it is true that putting on 4 concerts, Band-O-Rama, Honors Band, and a multitude of other performances is a considerable load of work, there are so many great benefits of having so many performance opportunities in a given school year. For one thing, it gives our students tangible goals to work toward as they progress on their instrument. Our students always have something to shoot for and it lets us teach students to become goal-orientated-to set their sights on the target and to work toward it. They may not always end up where they expected but that also gives us a chance to re-evaluate and to set new goals moving forward.
Multiple concerts also gives us as band teachers an opportunity to craft the best possible experience possible for students. I just got done rehearsing with the Sun Prairie Middle Level Honors Band and this year, we are proud to bring Patty Schlafer to Sun Prairie to work with the select ensemble. I had the pleasure of observing Patty's work last summer at UW-Whitewater's Middle School Band Camp (a great camp in the area, FYI!) and I have to say that she is a fantastic and engaging educator. I am excited that our students will get the chance to work with her. So for all you parents out there, thank you for clearing your schedules to make way for your student's band concerts, for driving your student to and from those extra rehearsals, and for supporting your student in band. We promise that your student's time will always be worthwhile!