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Re: New Program, New Challenges A Year Later
You'll always have those kids who want their old director back. Do your best to win them over, but you won't get all of them.
Eventually those kids graduate and move on. By year 4, nobody remembers the old director. The kids who were freshmen when you arrived are now seniors. At that point it's fully "your" band.
As for the community, it takes effort to really integrate yourself. Do you live in the community? Are you visible at social events at school and outside? Do people know who you are? This is a bigger deal in a smaller town, where the community tends to be closer knit. Sometimes those communities can be very difficult for "outsiders" to break into.
Either as a head or assistant, when you walked in to your new program, how long did it take for you to feel like a part of the community or for the community and the kids to dig what you are doing? Did teachers and students not like you for awhile? Did it feel like you couldnít get the ball rolling with what you wanted to do no matter how positive it was for the program? What were your steps? How did you handle kids pushing back anything you did? How long did it take to get past that? Did students keep referring to past directors and what they did and or just praise the floor they [past directors] walked on. Itís a lot of questions but Iím just wondering how you as directors have dealt with it.