1. All three principals are new to the district, the campus, and teaching at that level.
2. There had been no summer band. (I'd been working with HS since Aug.1)
3. I had not yet seen my class lists or schedule (even though it is the afternoon of the day before school starts).
4. Instruments and music had, of course, not been issued. I hadn't seen the kids since May. In fact, I had classes at another campus on A day mornings.
5. Half of the kids (325 of 650) are new on the campus and have never even been to a pep rally. The 7th grade band kids are coming from a 6th grade campus with a different director.
And trying to calmly explain why his plan is not possible is tantamount to WWIII-I'm being insubordinate, uncooperative, not a team player, screwing up the whole first day schedule, and he doesn't want to hear it.
It took the HS director and the head principal from the other 7-8 school before he's finally talked out of it, but it affected his attitude all year.
(The it turned out he's my appraiser--an unbelievable story for another day.)