One of the most exciting and important events in the life of a prospective band student is when he or she selects the instrument they are going to play. There are many factors that influence a student’s decision such as the availability of an instrument. These include the popularity of an instrument, parental preference, peer pressure, perceived musical opportunities, and band director needs and suggestions.
When a student joins a band program, he or she expects to learn to play an instrument and perform in a large ensemble. The band curriculum should be comprehensive and address many intermediary outcomes, providing the framework to ensure meaningful musical experiences through instrumental performance.
Selecting performance repertoire is one of the band director’s greatest responsibilities and most critical tasks.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “Of this I am certain: The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”1 Schweitzer seemed to understand that true and long-lasting happiness comes when we serve others.