2. a vet of a strong DCI Corps. Irrelevant IMO. I've know GREAT teachers with DCI experience and the worst teacher I ever saw stand in front of a group of kids has tons-of-DCI experience.
3. graduate of a top percussion college. Smart people graduate from schools every semester. Doesn't necessarily mean they can give that info to others effectively.
4. graduate of a top HS marching band. Irrelevant IMO. What works at XYZ HS 5-7 years ago might not work anywhere else.
4. student-taught with a top percussion teacher & program. I've had many student teachers that left here that I would hire.
5. strong leadership presence/personality. Is it a POSITIVE and realistic personality?
6. strong jazz background. Can be helpful but many times someone with a strong drum set background might not do such a great job with a front ensemble, percussion ensemble, battery, etc AND VICE VERSA.
7. strong technology background. Can be easily hired out. I have ZERO experience with electronics and honestly, no desire to learn lol. Every year, we bring in a guy who sets it all up for us so it can be an easy "connect and press go" situation.
8. already successful music arranger. Some writers can teach very well and others can't. Might save you money each fall having an arranger on staff, but doesn't necessarily make a good teacher.
9. positive personality/character/team player. THIS. TEAM PLAYER. Someone who understands that 1-this kid is in BAND. 2-This kid learning to function at a high level and respect and value the spring semester just as much as the fall semester is VITAL. 3-Percussion is a part of the WHOLE, not a separate entity.
10. already demonstrated management/organization skills. The very best teacher I ever worked with was the most disorganized mess I've ever known and I loved them dearly.
What are some ways that college graduates can overcome shortcomings in several of these categories in their initial portfolios?