The program ran this year at the New Smyrna Beach High School Barracuda Band this year could be summarized by one word: sound. The sounds produced by our ensemble during marching season had crowds across the state cheering us on, and earned an overall superior at our Marching Music Performance Assessment. The sounds during our concert season have been even more impressive, earning a straight superior at our District Six Concert Music Performance Assessment and sent thirteen performances to our state level Solo and Ensemble. This year the program was also sound, in the sense of it settling down. A previous year of bumpy roads and crash landings finally came to a smooth journey, and this was caused by many factors. Some of our more negative members left our ensemble, either via graduation or variance, other members came to terms with our situation and decided to battle for the band and no longer against it, and our leadership team for the 2013-2014 school year was much improved in comparison to our previous team.
As a returning member of the upcoming year's leadership team, the team needs to make an effort at continuing the goals we have set in place. To set continue pursuing these goals forward, our leadership members need qualities not exuded by all band members. These qualities include dedication to the program, having notably high musicianship, be respectful and unbiased, and integrity. Without these key character attributes, a member of the band cannot succeed as part of the leadership team.
A member's dedication is key to the program's stability. Dedication is the idea that no matter how troublesome the scenario is, how rough the waters get, they will stand by their word and fulfill their duty as a member of the leadership. A true leader will take over a spot when someone is absent, or spend many hours studying their parts and other's to achieve optimum performance. Without true dedication, a leader cannot lead, but can only follow.
Musicianship, as a leader, should excels over other members of the band. This does not mean that one has to have played college level pieces or have many awards for performance, this means they put all they can into their instrument every time they play it. True musicians do not belittle their talent, but take great pride in what they do as artists. Every member of our leadership for the 2013-2014 school year possessed this quality, and this trend must continue as such to ensure proper teaching.
Many members of society lack of respect for others, and thus are utterly intolerable. These crude, unpleasant individuals have no place leading an organization. Our band leadership must respect people of all backgrounds. A bias against members of the bands can only lead to hate and mistreatment. Racism and homophobia are unacceptable for a leader meant to exude respect and fair treatment.
Integrity was one of the first words uttered at our 2013 band camp. Integrity spans all levels of leadership. Someone standing...