saxmaniac - I've never played under Don Flickenger, however I've heard good things about him. He's more into the Adult Programs now.
I was in the other three concert bands. I play tenor, and older, better players got the parts in the Symphony band. This year, I'm hoping to make it though. Now, they have 2 hour and a half rehearsals, a forty minute sectional, and every other day there's a tech class that's really awesome. You can also play an hour a day in a jazz ensemble elective thing. It's pretty cool. I've heard from others who attended blue lake in the 80's and they say it felt like 8 hours too. The concert band program has very few classes compared to the other majors because of its size. The jazz program there plays a lot more than the concert program.
"I still have my shirt and pin!"
That's funny. Somehow the badge becomes a big part of the Blue Lake experience, and a lot of traditions and memories are made on it.
"Ever see the movie American Pie II? It's kind of like that. Only less exciting, of course! "
American Pie was actually based on Blue Lake. That kindof stuff doesn't really happen there, but the creator's friends went there and brought home stories about their experience. It's pretty structured there, but there's always some way to get around the rules.