#2> Ask a LOT of questions. It's a busy job and sometimes people don't realize you need help unless you ask.
#3> Be realistic. Your band is probably not going to win honor band this year Next year-watch out.
#4> Know that you're going to have bad days and make mistakes. Normal and OK. 1-2 REALLY good days a week is pretty good your first semester.
#5> Don't stop playing your instrument. find a community band to play in.
#6> find something to do that is NOT band in your free time. You will need a mental break.
#7> ignore the bitter folks on the YB. It's a great job. Welcome aboard.