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I’m with you! It seems like the worst musicians in my band are the percussionists. I have one student in particular who struggles deeply with academics but he’s fairly successful reading music-when he has someone pointing to each beat as it passes. Of course that can’t happen all the time. I teach elementary school so for me its really ALL about the process and most times I rehearse the band without percussion so the winds can listen to themselves and be more comfortable with their part. It’s a shame (to my ears), but as much as I wish I could remove one or two players from the band, I firmly believe every kid should get the opportunity to play in the band. There are plenty of advanced/competition bands for advanced players.