Our local high school has actually grown over the past few decades from 1 band, 1 jazz band and 1 director to 2 bands (1 audition-only), 2 jazz bands (both are audition-only), two full-time directors, 4 part-time instructors that contribute to marching band, and normally 3-4 student teachers throughout the year.
Some key things that I believe contribute to good program health:
- The school is deeply into AP courses, so offerings are plentiful enough to avoid schedule conflicts.
- We have a very active patron organization that provides a strong level of funding and volunteer time to help with uniforms, feed members at competitions, sell tickets, run concessions, etc.
- A solid cadre of local musicians and teachers who are friends of the program and provide deeply-discounted assistance to mentor players and prep the upper-level players for All-State participation.