15 Rules for a Successful Small Pep Band

I wonder how many band directors would cancel pep band for a basketball game if they found out less than 30 students were coming. How about 20 students? How about 15? How about 7?

I wonder how many pep bands play at a girls basketball game each year. How about 2? How about 5? How about every single one?

The Southwestern Jr./Sr. High School Pep Band plays at almost every boys and girls varsity home game. We accomplish this despite being a small band program at a small school. We are not afraid to play with small numbers as long as it is a workable combination of students. One of the games where we sounded best last year was a game where we had 7 students there.

We accomplish this through careful planning leading up to and during the season. Here are my rules for successful small pep bands: Continue reading

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Concert Band Contest Pieces for Small Bands

I know I am not alone in the world as a band director of a very small school who wants their students to be competitive with what larger schools are doing. I know many other directors want to do this, but they feel uncertain about adapting concert band literature at a judged performance or about their band being able to hold their own at an event involving much larger bands. Continue reading