I won't know my exact instrumentation until band camp. How can I accomodate this in my planning?
There are a few things that we all can do that would aid this process, and hopefully alleviate some stress in your preparation. First, know the trends over the past few years of retention of your students as well as the typical numbers of students coming up through your feeder program. If you have been losing 5-10% of total students each year, then a good estimate would be 5-10% out of each section. Some students do move unexpectedly, or may have eligibility concerns, discipline, etc. From there, we could chart a mixed instrumentation line behind the form, allowing for students who may have initially been ruled out to be a part of football game performances, etc., while still strengthening their marching skills. This line could then be taken out for competition if you like. If a ‘hole’ develops in the drill during the season, then you will have the freedom to move in one of these alternates or ‘non-varsity’ members into that spot.