Many schools do not have an auditorium. The band and any other group (besides BBball or P.E.) have to put tarps on the floor to protect it from scratches. It really irks me that the band gets so little support from the school system. Anything they need they have to hold a fund raiser or beg for money from parents and the few supporters. In fact, the night of the concert Scott (the director) announced there would be a hat in the reception area to give donations to buy some new uniforms. I like what Mr. Lapyrouse said about Music & Art Education: "Education w/o Music and Art is like trying to win a race with a 3-legged horse!"