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