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Community Member

Huntington, WV

#1 Sep 16, 2012
I remember the days when the GEHS band was awesome. I would love to see it return to that status, but I must say that as a community member I was very upset to see the band perform at the football games this season. They didn't play the National Anthem the first week. I assume because they didn't know it. They couldn't even get through Days of Glory the first week, and the half time show is just strange. The community is expected to support the band with fundraisers and they get the proceeds of the concession stand at the football games. I don't mind this if the band is actually supporting the school, community and entertaining people, but at this time it is not. If the band wants the community to support it then at least come out ready to play the National Anthem and Days of Glory. Everyone in Eastern Greenbrier county used to be proud to see the band on the field. Many people came just to watch the band play. Home football games are the bands chance to show the community how hard they work and why they should be supported. Come on guys, even if the numbers are low, strong musicianship and pride will make a difference!
SeniorTuba

Dunbar, WV

#2 Sep 16, 2012
hey ,@Community Member , thank you for your honesty . i posted your comment to the band's facebook page to let everyone know what the public is thinking . we did have a sort of slow start this season in the terms of Days of Glory and the national Anthem . we were extremely focused on our show music and drill . although it is not clean yet , we are working hard to fix that . as for it being strange , the show is called "Methods of Madness" and is supposed to be a bit cooky . it will make more sense once it's finished and the guard and drum majors have the proper attire . thank you so much for your input though , as a senior this year , i know that what the crowd thinks is super important , and we love to hear from you ! Thanks again !
-Arika Morris
BandMom

Charleston, WV

#3 Sep 16, 2012
Instead of holding the kids completely responsible you ever think the leaders and the coaches maybe should of made sure they were prepared? There is alot of first year members this year so they are just learning how to march, play an instrument, spin a flag and being in front of a crowd for that matter. So cut them some slack. If you know so much maybe you need to go volunteer and help the band out!

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#4 Sep 16, 2012
To Bandmom:
I'm not sure how things are done, now, but my tour in band began in the fifth grade, and even then we learned how to march and play our instruments at the same time. In junior high, we had to march, play our instruments, and memorize the steps we had to take to end up in our planned formations on the field. Due to familial responsibilities, I didn't get to participate in band at the high school level, but I do know they had band camp before school started, so that should have given them some opportunity to properly prepare for the upcoming season. Then again, times may have changed, and that may not be how things are today at all. I'm speaking about things 20 years ago. I will agree with one thing, though. It is the band director's responsibility to make sure the band is ready for each performance, and the section leaders are supposed to back him up. A strong band requires strong leadership.
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proud band mom

United States

#6 Sep 16, 2012
Community Member wrote:
I remember the days when the GEHS band was awesome. I would love to see it return to that status, but I must say that as a community member I was very upset to see the band perform at the football games this season. They didn't play the National Anthem the first week. I assume because they didn't know it. They couldn't even get through Days of Glory the first week, and the half time show is just strange. The community is expected to support the band with fundraisers and they get the proceeds of the concession stand at the football games. I don't mind this if the band is actually supporting the school, community and entertaining people, but at this time it is not. If the band wants the community to support it then at least come out ready to play the National Anthem and Days of Glory. Everyone in Eastern Greenbrier county used to be proud to see the band on the field. Many people came just to watch the band play. Home football games are the bands chance to show the community how hard they work and why they should be supported. Come on guys, even if the numbers are low, strong musicianship and pride will make a difference!
I cannot believe you people have nothing better to do with your time than to put these kids down.As a proud band mom i know how hard all of them practice.Alot of them are honor students and have part time jobs also.Long days that start for many at six am and bus rides and coming home after midnight after a day of school.This just makes me ill that anyone puts down children.It doesnt matter if its football cheerleading or band.I hope you know my daughter cried tonight.Its ok i told her you just keep your chin up knowing you try to do best you can do.thanks community member....get a life!
Uhhh

Marlinton, WV

#7 Sep 17, 2012
Dear "Community Member",
I have a feeling you aren't perfect. So guess what? Until you're absolutely perfect yourself, don't go judging others.
Yeah, sure, maybe they were a bit unprepared, but is it not possible that they could have ran out of time to get things ready? So they weren't ready /one/ year. Big freaking deal. Things come up, things change, unavoidable obstacles pop up. It doesn't mean it's an excuse; they handled it the best they could.
Once again, NOTHING and NO ONE is perfect. Try to remember that next time.

Since: Jul 12

Location hidden

#8 Sep 17, 2012
You know, anytime you step foot in front of an audience and perform, you're going to receive some type of criticism. Some comments are going to be positive and some are going to be negative. As Uhhh said 'Nobody's perfect,' so there's always going to be room for improvement. I think SeniorTuba has the right mindset. Look at what you did well and congratulate yourself. Look at where you need improvement and focus on those weaknesses. I don't think anybody is trying to bash anybody here or hurt anybody's feelings. A Community Member was simply offering up their opinion on the band's performance as they saw it, and HONEST feedback is what these kids need to grow, not only as musicians, but as individuals. So why doesn't everybody just take a step back and breathe for a second?
u r right

Princeton, WV

#9 Sep 17, 2012
Greenbrier Valley Girl wrote:
To Bandmom:
I'm not sure how things are done, now, but my tour in band began in the fifth grade, and even then we learned how to march and play our instruments at the same time. In junior high, we had to march, play our instruments, and memorize the steps we had to take to end up in our planned formations on the field. Due to familial responsibilities, I didn't get to participate in band at the high school level, but I do know they had band camp before school started, so that should have given them some opportunity to properly prepare for the upcoming season. Then again, times may have changed, and that may not be how things are today at all. I'm speaking about things 20 years ago. I will agree with one thing, though. It is the band director's responsibility to make sure the band is ready for each performance, and the section leaders are supposed to back him up. A strong band requires strong leadership.
And the parents should be more involved with the childrens education....it is disappoint to see such a small band..at a large school..seems to me that kinda makes a red flag fly..
change band directors

Mount Lookout, WV

#10 Sep 17, 2012
The best thing is change band instructors. First he has no leadership and he needs too grow up. I cant beleive there is so few members what when Mr. Bryant was there I think 150 to 200 playing members. I just dont see it has the kids got this lazy or is the parents not encouraging them to get involved. The band There are 1300 kids there. It is embarasing to the county. Put Eastern and East together as one band. Bring the best out of east not the least. Is it true W-E=S=T WEST IS BEST and E-A-S-T EAST IS LEAST. WAKE UP EAST.
none of your business

Mount Lookout, WV

#11 Sep 17, 2012
That is for the students to figure out.
eatmorebeef

Charleston, WV

#12 Sep 17, 2012
change band directors wrote:
The best thing is change band instructors. First he has no leadership and he needs too grow up. I cant beleive there is so few members what when Mr. Bryant was there I think 150 to 200 playing members. I just dont see it has the kids got this lazy or is the parents not encouraging them to get involved. The band There are 1300 kids there. It is embarasing to the county. Put Eastern and East together as one band. Bring the best out of east not the least. Is it true W-E=S=T WEST IS BEST and E-A-S-T EAST IS LEAST. WAKE UP EAST.
Alder is a great mentor and teacher- you don't have a clue
Really

United States

#13 Sep 17, 2012
Who if the band director at East?
Community Member

Huntington, WV

#14 Sep 17, 2012
I was not trying to hurt the band members. I simply do not understand how the band does not know the National Anthem or the school fight song and as one member has posted here the field show isn't even complete or at least it wasn't when the season started. As a parent aren't you concerned that your child spent a week at band camp, August practicing, one block each day and after school and still they don't know these things? It isn't just this year. It is every year in recent history. The students deserve better. If other schools can walk onto the field and play the National Anthem and then present a good half time show, I know our kids can too. It's not about putting your kids down. It's about figuring out how the kids in this community can put in so much time and yet something is missing. Is it leadership and the band director? Maybe.
SAXplayer

United States

#15 Sep 17, 2012
Community Member wrote:
I was not trying to hurt the band members. I simply do not understand how the band does not know the National Anthem or the school fight song and as one member has posted here the field show isn't even complete or at least it wasn't when the season started. As a parent aren't you concerned that your child spent a week at band camp, August practicing, one block each day and after school and still they don't know these things? It isn't just this year. It is every year in recent history. The students deserve better. If other schools can walk onto the field and play the National Anthem and then present a good half time show, I know our kids can too. It's not about putting your kids down. It's about figuring out how the kids in this community can put in so much time and yet something is missing. Is it leadership and the band director? Maybe.
Sir or mam i dont think you relize that sence awile back, the show has been from 41 sets to 80 some a year. We finnished half our show at camp. And about the National Anthem we work on that at east when the school year starts, our first game was befor ethe school year started.
Former member

New York, NY

#16 Sep 17, 2012
I have to say that I am disappointed with the band. Since mr Bryant left the music department it surely has went down hill. When he was the director he had discipline and respect and made sure we acted with pride. We were not running wild all the place nor did we look sloppy. We had well over 200 members not to mention 22 flag, six rifles, six majorettes. Before you say anything no I'm not reliving my high school days. The band program needs help in every area but the drum line. The guard members look trashy with wild hair and makeup. Yes when performing you take on a role but with taste. Last week a gaurd member was wondering around looking silly hiding behind a band member. I still can't figure that one out. I believe it's time for some changes
sad

Huntington, WV

#17 Sep 17, 2012
I have had people tell me that the show seems to be making fun of those with mental illness. Who decided that this theme was in good taste?
Nope

Marlinton, WV

#18 Sep 17, 2012
To "sad"
No, the show is DEFINTELY NOT making fun of people with mental illnesses.
Anonymous

Marlinton, WV

#19 Sep 17, 2012
Okay to everyone saying the numbers are down one reason for this is because it is not "cool" to be in band anymore the kids that are in band work very hard and get made fun of all the time just for being in band. Also why does every section but the drum line need help?
Old Flatuence

Greenville, SC

#20 Sep 17, 2012
Oh for the glory days of the Fartin Spartan Band.
Championships won. Parents recapturing the glory of their lost youth. Untold thousands of dollars
being spent but rarely accounted for. Band students
being forced to practice to the point of abuse. Band students enduring illegal hazing. Band students being under such pressure to win they vomit before taking the field. Days of gory indeed.
Maybe the current director has got his priorities
right?
Elles

Charleston, WV

#21 Sep 18, 2012
As a former band member during the Jeff Bryant years I have to say, the band was the biggest thing at that school during this time.
If anyone remembers the "Bond" show and Kevin Carr's trumpet solo then you know the band owned the field. The massive wall of sound when the band formed a line for the final "Nobody Does It Better" was amazing!! The was a huge amount of work put in and we were held to an extremely high standard.
No one is putting the kids down. We are not doing our children any favors by lowering expectations and assuring them that everything they do is great. I married a man from a smaller county and took him to a game to see what the best band in the state looks like when they take the field. It wasn't there anymore.
I love band and played from fifth grade to twelfth grade. Not reliving my "glory days" just an opinion.

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