Last night I took my daughters to a countywide high school marching band showcase. It wasn't a competition. It was more of an exhibition where judges provide feedback to the bands. I was really surprised at how much the numbers have declined for the music programs. During my high school days we had more trumpets than some of these schools had in their entire horn lines. One school barely had 30 members including the color guard and drumline. That school actually had one of the best performances. What doesn't make sense is that the overall attendance at these schools has grown by leaps and bounds. They can hardly make room for all of them.
Why have the numbers in the band programs declined? One parent did say that band is scheduled at the same time as "good classes" that college bound students are expected to take. Is it possible that this scheduling conflict is an effort to save money by reducing the numbers in the music program?