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Posted by newsflash on 5/4/2021, 8:37 am, in reply to "At some point…
You don't have to be an assistant director to go through a bunch of stuff. Try being in charge of a one-man K-12 band show. Try dealing with an impromptu pep rally called suddenly during basketball season when you are a few days out from UIL. Try dealing with the lie that we "share the kids" only to find that the coaches hog the kids and you can only get them when THEY are through with them. Try dealing with a mentality where all the boys think they will be the next LeBron James or Emmett Smith and will put little to no effort into band or just drop out of band so they can focus on being a part of a 2-8 football team or losing basketball team all with parental consent and support. And all the girls will tryout for cheerleader and will even quit band so they have more time to "improve for next year's tryouts." Or how about the kids who never quit athletics and will die for the coach even after being screamed at or cussed at nose to nose but, if I simply ask them to sit up straight or spit our their gum, I'm mean and they quit.
Try being the band director in a school where the band has junk equipment and a low or non-existent budget while athletics gets the moon. Try being the director of a small school where administrators go to NO band events but miss not a single athletic event and praise the losing coaches like gods. How about the constant demands for sudden performances at parades other events where they want you to play "football music" during concert season? And finally, how would you feel if you were still able to finally get the first sweepstakes in 42 years with straight 1's in all events and the administration and community barely even give a whisper for the kids or program? I will say that not all situations are like yours and mine. I've had a better situation before but left because I got a new superintendent who was incompetent and unsupportive. I'm bailing out and will try to find a better place. Maybe you can, too. For me a better place simply means to let me teach and leave me alone, respect and support the band kids as much as the athletic kids and give us a reasonable budget.