Re: Removing a Drum Major
Posted by AverageGuy on 10/7/2022, 7:47 am, in reply to "Removing a Drum Major"
Sorry to hear of your troubles. My district responds well to policy and standard operating procedures, so anytime I have something like this pop up I go to either my Band Handbook or our district's Extracurricular Code of Conduct. Between these two items, it gives me a lot of wriggle room to make the tough decisions like these. |
I would make sure your administration is on board with your decision. Regardless of whether you keep your drum major or not, I would document the situation with specific examples (even dates and times, if possible) and communicate with your supervisor. This will keep them in the loop and they will be more likely to support your decision.
In my opinion, districts who utilize drum majors put students as the face of the program (my program uses drum majors). Comparing band to football has helped me many times, and someone above said it is like an AD's decision regarding a quarterback - nobody in administration will question pulling up second string in normal circumstances. A drum major who is acting that way really should be pulled from the position and given the opportunity for an alternative position in the program. That shows that your standards are set, there are consequences for leaders who do not act as such, and it will provide an opportunity for you to show support to your band members who are being treated unfairly by the drum major. From there, you can either replace them with another student (#trombonist) or cover the conducting yourself - it just depends on your program needs.
Bonus: you will also get an opportunity to work with your supervisor to handle the situation and, if handled with documentation, it will show a high level of organization and preparation on your part.
Hope this helps.