According to my assistant (who was here last year), the previous director very strictly did placement solely on musical skill. Blind auditions, the whole bit. I want to factor in behavior and attitude, consider the whole person. There are a few kids in 2nd band, for example, who have great attitudes and could absolutely hang on 2nd or 3rd part in the top band. Some of the top band kids sound great, but give me a lot of eye rolling, talking in class, general bad attitude. Some of them I've written up, others haven't risen to that level (yet). My assistant seems to think I will get a lot of pushback from parents and administration of I demote kids for attitude problems.
How much do you consider a kid's attitude and work ethic when deciding band placement?
If you factor that in, how do you document it in case parents or administrators call you on it?