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Re: Previous director
When I took over last year I had a ton of music that I boxed and filed into the various music categories. Turns out that I was missing over 75% of the scores for anything the band had ever played in the previous directors time. Except for score copies. No original scores, just copies...of everything. I spent a few hundred bucks purchasing original scores for many of the pieces. I had about 15 pieces that didn't even have the originals part in the folders. They still had the stamp from the school they were copied from. Those all got tossed quick. Besides most of them were not even on the current list.
Day at a time.
Previous director drops small school program like a sack of something warm and smelly, I get hired a week before band camp to take over.
Can't walk through the office because there's stuff piled EVERYWHERE, payments have not been made to the camp for band camp, internal accounts were never deposited into as they should have been, there's no drill for the marching show, the library is 20 years past due for organizing, I have no databases for inventory, library, or uniforms, percussion can't read or play (THE PREVIOUS WAS A PERCUSSIONIST!), and the 6th graders (playing since 5th grade) don't articulate.
Nothing is done, nothing was left to help ease the transition. I've gone through 20 pairs of vinyl gloves sorting the library. Just sorting, no database yet. (When that's done, it will probably be the best-stocked library anywhere) Instead of sorting anything, previous director just bought new stuff or got copies to add to the pile. I think I've recycled about 100 POUNDS of paper, after going through it for originals. Oh, and there are two large bins full of misplaced scores. I have no idea what music I have, but at least now it's all alphabetized and categorized so I can at least check.
Please. No matter how you feel about the terms or your moving or your relationship with administration, don't take it out on the next guy.