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Re: Instructor playing in the stands?
This year's motto is "Let's get through this". If the kids play more confidently with him playing, do it. In percussion, I would only allow it for maybe 2-3 games. As the season progresses, he would need to back off. As for the rest of the band, I encourage the other directors to play in the stands, but only with students who need a little more encouragement. I enjoy watching Cobra Kai (minus some of the language), but I am not a "no mercy" kind of guy. Help the kids out. Encourage them. Who knows? Those kids may end up being your best students. Maybe not your best players, but they'll be the ones who like to hang out in the band hall because they trust you and appreciate you.