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Re: Word of advice to HS directors mad about numbers
I put way too much time into the job and either I was working for free or driving my per hour pay down. I enjoyed it. It was for the kids and best for the program. I know kids' lives were changed for the better not because of me but because of the opportunities they had in the band hall and the relationships they made. At the end of the day, I could not sustain my way of working and a family. I had to choose and I only knew 1 way to be a band director. I'm all in. I spent a LOT of time with my grandparents and their friends growing up, (WW2 generation). I learned how to work from them. Men and women that grew up through the depression and served their country. That knew if it was to be it was up to them, (me). So my all in 6A HS "I'm in charge and will have my hands on every aspect of what we are doing because it is up to me" lifestyle wasn't compatible with also having a family. So I chose family. I'm okay with that decision. Some people can balance band and family. I couldn't. I don't begrudge those that can work less hours and get the results they want nor those that work as many or more than I did, (and there were PLENTY working more than me).
I don't think the approach necessarily even needs to be the enough is enough approach. Either you are willing to do the job or you aren't. Texas bands are awesome. Texas musicians are some of the best in the world. There is a reason for that. I love it. I just couldn't do it where I was at in my life. Others can and should.