Today I had meetings with the campus principal about upcoming events, one counselor who can't understand why I'm still harping on getting band kids into the right class (and non-band kids out of band class), a parent who can't understand why their child is failing band after 3 weeks of ignoring my phone calls about their child's lack of participation, and a district administrator who can't understand why I can't get the band to perform at his pet project tomorrow afternoon on 24 hours notice. I requested buses for my band and both middle schools for Friday's MS night, and convinced the truck scheduler from Maintenance to help us move instruments from the middle schools to the high school that day. I finalized this Friday's dinner order, sent off the PO request for next week, and requested a quote from the vendor for the week after. I just wrapped up posting grades that are due at midnight for progress reports. And that's just Tuesday.
And yes, for the record, I also ran my own ensemble today, assisted with second band, pulled a section out of MS rehearsal for some extra help, and ran the marching band rehearsal after school. There are days I don't get to do all of that because of other work, and those are the days I go home swearing that I'm going to quit teaching band and go get a corporate job that pays better for shorter hours.
Trust me, I'd rather be teaching music all day. This time of year my job is maybe 20% music on a good day, and administrative nonsense the rest of the day and well into the evening.
I have two middle school campuses that feed into mine. I get over there as often as I can. With the way our schedules worked out, going to the middle school for their top ensembles means I'm not in rehearsal with my high school ensembles. Doing that every day isn't healthy for the program.