When we have important events/performances scheduled, we need members at practice.
One would assume that we understand the need to prepare before going into an event like a band competition...that the other groups are working hard to achieve results...that we want to be our best...that we finish what we started.
We get to the critical time, and not only are people missing, we have some who ask if missing is "OK". Absolutely not!
We are sensitive to emergency situations... you can't do anything about those... but "my kid didn't do their homework" or "we wanted to do a family activity"... these are not emergencies. We all work around various activities and situations.
When you commit to a spot in a performing ensemble, you commit not just to the spot, but to the entire group. We depend on EVERY member to do their part. We teach new material or make alterations at EVERY rehearsal. We are never finished until the final performance is complete.
Please be courteous and committed to the activity you signed up for. We need all members of the band performing in order to achieve excellence. Help us attain our goals. Make sure you or your student are attending all functions.