In the one year that I was allowed ( by the principal to travel), I was a 2nd assistant at a large jr. high. I was allowed to chose all of my pieces for the contest. I had the third band.
That was the first year that the third group from that school went. There was another third band there. I am not sure what I expected to receive for ratings. I think to be successful was the goal. I feel that was accomplished.
One of the pieces I played had a trumpet solo in it. ( I was told at the end of the year by someone who was not my boss that they would never have played a piece with a third band that had a solo. I was also told the same thing about one of my other pieces- it had two movements. They would never have played a piece with movements.) None of that bothered me. Once I had a piece in mind and the kids did a fairly decent reading of it ... I was set. One cannot be scared about all the other stuff.
Anyhow, we came out with a 2,3,3 on stage and a 1,1,1 in the sight-reading room. I am happy that my first year of taking a band to contest went well. I wish I had had the opportunity of teaching at schools that had full junior high programs.
I went through a divorce not long after that year and it was difficult having late hours with small children and not being able to find a responsible babysitter. I chose to teach beginners after that and spend more time with my own children.
Not all spouses understand why being a band director takes more time than a teacher.
Although I questioned my decision several times I feel that I made the best decision for my daughter. She starts practicing as a full-fledged physician in Dallas in the month of August. She is so excited as am I!