Duct Tape for the
Panel Discussion Sponsored by the
Wisconsin Youth Band Directors Association
Wisconsin Music Educators Association
October 29, 2009
David Johnson, Williams Bay Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lori MacRae, Cedar Grove- Belgium Schools
Kim Plautz, Sheboygan Schools (email@example.com)
Kati Seiter, Manitowoc Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Stephanie Traska, Sheboygan Schools (email@example.com)
Duct Tape for the Band Room!
David Johnson – Williams Bay School District
Recruitment = Getting students excited and
enthusiastic about Band!
• Keep band in the minds of ALL prospective students throughout the
• Live performances are the best way to hook students.
• Have the current band members be your recruiters.
• Be visible as often as you can to your prospective future band students.
• Showcase EVERY instrument as often as possible.
Take Control of Your Instrumentation
• It is the BAND DIRECTOR'S responsibility to ensure that every student begins on an
instrument that fits them.
• It is the BAND DIRECTOR'S responsibility to ensure that the beginning band's
instrumentation consists of a good SATB balance.
• A band with good SATB is able to perform a wider variety of literature.
• Students playing in a band with good SATB will have an ultimately more musically
satisfying experience than students who do not have that opportunity.
Advertise, Advocate, Communicate and Make it Easy
• Parents are most curious about:
o How to sign their child up for band,
o How much it will cost,
o Which days band meets during the school year,
o How much time will need to be allocated for band, and whether their child can be
in band and still do well in school and participate in other activities.
• What Parents need to know about, but aren't necessarily curious about: