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Bandgeekof11

Reviving the Southern Illinois Band Traditions

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I'm new to the Illinois Marching Online family and it greatly displeases me to see the lack of action in SoIL band programs. I'll go ahead and say it now, I'm a student at O'Fallon and I love my program. I would love to see more bands from my area become really great because honestly, there is not much competition down here. Occasionally Normal West makes a visit and gives us a run for our money (btw, LOVE the 2010 show they have). and some Missouri bands have some good years. I'm going to be leaving my O'Fallon home soon for college to get a degree in Music Education and I want to see SoIL rise above all the Chicagoland bands some day. I'm making a pledge to assist SoIL in rising to the top. Who's with me?

 

Go So(IL) Or Go Home!

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The South Will Rise Again!

 

Looking for chants like that??

 

Haha, probably should avoid this one :)

Hmmm...I see your point now. But we can still act! Southern Illinois seems to be losing interest in the musical arts, that's what needs to be revived! Band! Choir! Everything! It would be AWESOME to see a SoIL Student Orchestra, even!

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I want to see SoIL rise above all the Chicagoland bands some day. I'm making a pledge to assist SoIL in rising to the top. Who's with me?

 

Before you say that, you have to compete against the Chicagoland bands more than once (or in some cases, twice) a season, at the Kentucky regional and Grand Nationals. ISU and U of I would be acceptable. :)

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Being in Newton's band myself, I think this would be great, but (and I don't mean to be a pessimist or anything, but you have to think realistically)

 

SoIl towns are much smaller and it's much more difficult for directors to get enough kids willing to commit the hours that great bands do. Plus, with many small schools across SoIl reducing funding for band, it limits the days of band camp and also restricts them to only 2 or 3 smaller competitions with one big competition near the end of the season. Southern Illinois schools just aren't as privileged as O'Fallon to have the band they have. :( It's sad when I can count on my fingers the number of Northern-caliber bands that are in SoIL, which are Edwardsville, O'Fallon, Belleville East, and Murphysboro are all that can come to my mind.

 

 

 

 

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