I've worked at my school on staff with the marching band for five years and became the band director this past school year. I can genuinely say that I work with some of the kindest, most passionate kids I've ever come across. They deeply care about music and their band community.
Richfield, the state of Minnesota's oldest suburb just south of Minneapolis, calls itself an "urban hometown".
We have the community of a small town but the diversity and opportunities of a metropolitan city. Our student body is truly diverse, and we're stronger because of it.
We perform in 10-12 parades each year, and I'm lucky to have a staff of five and many parent volunteers at each event. We perform a show on the street, similar to what you see at the Macy's Day Parade. There's a lot of moving pieces, from the color guard in the front to the drum line in the back to soloists to moving equipment. This year we'll also be adding electronic elements thanks to generous DonorsChoose.org donors.
As the head director, I'm often running around the whole time coordinating the lead parent chaperone, the two assistant directors, the color guard instructors, and the drum line director in the back.
We've tried using group texts, but, it's really inefficient in the moment. We want to move to using walkie talkies so that we can put more energy directly into teaching kids.
I chose this model because it's waterproof and has a NOAA channel. We're often fighting the elements and making the call about if we are going to put the kids out on the street, and the more prepared we are the better.
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