A few people have told me that I should try having fundraisers or look for a nearby independent guard. Unfortunately, neither of these seem like they will work.
Since it’s another school’s program, they basically want the full payment right now. I could pay for maybe half of it, but definitely not all of it. And even if I would have enough time to raise money, there would be no one to help me out. All the band kids are trying to raise money to go to DC in the spring. So, that school is a no go.
I looked up some independent guards that are in my area. All of them are at least two hours away from where I am. Even though one is supposed to be in my county? My friend and I emailed them a while back, and they said that practiced would be in some place way outside our county. It’s the distance that’s a turn off, but the amount of gas it would take just to get there and back.
So, unfortunately, winterguard is not happening for me. Unless some miracle happens. I might end up doing percussion ensemble again, but we’ll have to wait and see.
My band director has stated many times this season that we aren’t doing a middle school program this year. Which is probably one of the dumbest things for him to do. At one school we had 19 girls. And I know that at least half of them really liked it, because they were in both of our sessions. The only thing was was that they were in 7th grade, so they couldn’t join. BUT they’re in 8th grade now, freshmen next year, so… this doesn’t make sense. He keeps saying stuff like “Oh, be prepared for a guard of three people next year.” I’ve told him MULTIPLE times that we have a lot of middle school girls that are actually interested in doing it. Not like dance team who were forced to do it and basically gypped me of a marching season. I can’t even look back at that show and think “Wow, I really loved that show.” There is no way that that’s happening again next year.
I’m getting off topic. The point is, I’m doing a middle school program, with or without my band director and guard coach. I won’t be able to do it during their school day like we did last year, but I’ll still do it. I won’t even make them come to our school. I’ll go over there, or a nearby park, or wherever. I won’t be able to teach them routines because I honestly don’t think I’m good enough to do stuff like that yet, but I’ll teach them old routines I know, or Tumblr Independent routines. Yeah! That’d be awesome!
So… yeah. That’s the battle plan. I’m getting the captain from last year to spread the word amongst the middle school girls. Wish me luck!