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Re: Do you play the martyr?
I agree with not living in the band hall for the sake of living in the band hall but things do need to get done. I work in a district where there is only 1 middle school director so all grades, copies, parent contact, paper work, etc. falls on me. Personally, I'm at school by 6:45 each day, have sectionals at 7, classes all day, then after school sectionals until 4:30. There are days that I'm here until 5:30 or 6 and others where I leave before 5. It just depends on what's going on.
I don't see it as a badge of honor if I have to stay late but it is frustrating when other directors won't get things done because they have the mantality that they have to leave by a certain time no matter the outcome.
I've been in this profession for a while now. I've recently switched districts and I'm astounded by the directors who seem to complain (aka brag) about the hours they are putting in.
They seem to live in the band hall all for "the sake of the kids." These are middle school directors who get to work at 7:30 and stay until 7 or 8.
I get my stuff done and I'm out the door by 5 on most days.
I guess my question is do band directors really see it as a badge of honor that they stay at the band hall all the time and why? What purpose does it serve, especially if the kids already went home hours ago and your program is mediocre or below mediocre at best?
IMHO, if you can't get everything done in a normal amount of time and you aren't making decent ratings, maybe you should reexamine how you do things and where you are putting your energy.