"So what will you do with all that free time now that marching band is ending?" (I try to maintain my composure instead of bursting out laughing...)
We have 3 bands and a percussion ensemble preparing for our Winter Concerts. We have over 100 students preparing for Honor Band and All State tryouts. Fine Arts Showcase is looming. Auditions for second semester start in a couple of weeks. We have sectional coaches coming in to work with the kids. Symphonic Camp is in January. Jazz Band has begun. Percussion Ensembles will begin rehearsals soon. We have a community pep band performance today. Immediately following the winter break, LGPE preparation mode is in full swing with after school sectionals and a pre-LGPE Concert. We are already planning acts for the X-PLOSION! Show in May. And believe it or not, we will have to start designing the show and confirming staff (and a rehearsal schedule around construction) for the 2016 version of the marching band(s). On top of that, the directors get invited to be adjudicators and clinicians for other schools and other band events...so even when Pope has nothing on the schedule, one or both of the teachers are working on "band stuff" somewhere.
WHEW. It never really slows down, we are just involved with other groups and performances. While some of the kids won't be here as often after school, most will be involved in some sort of different music activity or ensemble. That's what it takes to maintain a balanced program that offers opportunities for all areas of musical growth and development!
So...we might not be here until 9:00 quite as often, but we will be here nearly every day after school working on something new or different for your student. Then we will have that 3 month long summer break that teachers enjoy.... (HAHAHAHAHA!!!!)