By all means, what's your invention to mankind? Would we have apple without Steve Jobs? At some point, talented and gifted individuals are responsible for certain things. Would your musical gifts be available for your community had one individual along the way not taught you or inspired you or hooked you into music?
I suspect Elon had a huge hand in the beginning technologies of Tesla before it became what it is today. I am certain that a number of CEO creative type folks are able to take a group of talents and turn them into something. Not every band director is right for every situation. Some directors can kill a thriving program while others can take a program that hasn't thrived in years and turn it into something. Same thing here but on a very different level. It isn't boot-licking. It's respect at what they can accomplish. Much like the respect I have for honor band directors who are at the top of the achievement levels, (and no, honor band is not a defining point for every program but it is still really hard to do).
But I can't wait for your next big million dollar idea so that you too can get paid what you think you are worth.