Iâ€™m looking for any statistics put out by national or state music organizations on the retention rate of band members in school band programs. Any help you could give me in finding these numbers would be appreciated. This year I lost 3 of 43 beginners and only 1 student from my older three classes. Iâ€™m happy with this retention because that means my percentage is about 96%. Iâ€™m trying to stress retention to some of the other band directors in my area who have a â€œweed them outâ€ philosophy. My attitude is that some of those â€œweedsâ€ may turn out to be some of your best band members in a few years. We have one program that loses about 40%-50% of beginners every year simply because his attitude is that he doesnâ€™t care if they come back or not. His pay is not based upon the number of students in the band, nor based upon how well they do at festivals or competitions. I was hoping that I could at least give him some numbers to shoot for so that his program could be at the average for schools across the nation.