Re: 5A/6A Head Director
Posted by Bill on 10/22/2019, 1:57 am, in reply to "Re: 5A/6A Head Director "
In my last position as head band director at a 5A I had one of my assistants, as well, as an aide that I had hired to come in and teach the drill. My assistant had DCI experience whereas they did not have DCI when I was in high school and when I went to college I had to drop out for a year or two because of a family emergency. On our staff there were others who were clearly much better with drill. I took care of teaching the music and other duties.
In my new position at a 6A high school I have taught a portion of the drill which has already been in place, My first assistant has extensive DCI experience. For me I was just learning the ropes... I did not want to make any drastic changes because most everything was set in place.
I am a bit bummed out since having gone to UIL contest today. I thought for sure we would have made I's but, we seemed to be lagging a bit and 2 was our score. The kids were upset... the band has made 1's the last 7 years.
Things will be much better next year when I get my own drill.
It is so nice to finally be part of a program that has more than 80 kids in band. We are strong with a little over 200 here in my new spot. I have enjoyed getting back on my college turf.
So, as far as duties, I agree with the person who mentioned working around your own weaknesses.
This really depends on the layout of the band directing staff. The HBD should hire to fill in holes for their personal weaknesses. That being said the first priority for HBD in large programs is administration, having the overall vision for the program, having the big picture plan for the program, delegating to their staff, and periodic checks that their plan is being properly enacted. Often times, the last priority is actually getting to teach the students directly, sort of a reward for getting all of the hard work done.
Some HBDs delegate administrative tasks to their assistants as well. I would be careful about which of these I would take as an assistant though. Most of the extra pay a HBD gets is due to the increased risk that position entails. Finances, dealing with administration, dealing with parents, etc. all fall under this umbrella. Simple mistakes in these arenas can cost a teacher their job.
How often is the HBD in charge of teaching the drill as well as doing all of the administrative stuff at a 5A/6A school?