Alright, as I shared before...even if I am the only one in here its ok...
I shared with the forum earlier that I am now the New Band Director at a large High School here in Maryland that hasnt done well at all in the past 5 years actually. The weird thing is that not 10 years ago this band was a powerhouse. So now I have this new gig, no marching band, no jazz band, only one concert band and 60 kids in a 1600 student school that just want to feel proud of what they do.
I am trying to get to the point...
The band program only has one full time band director position, and thats me. I am not marching a band this year, electing to do research, build a staff, begin clinics in January, and storm out with a band next year (2005).
I am really trying to get to the point...
Well in building my staff, a good friend of mine who marched 4 years with the Crossmen was stuck in a position in the City (another district), and is desperately trying to teach at a High School and work with a TOB Marching Band. I had every intention of adding him to my staff, but we arent marching until next year and it didnt seem to be fair to him to try to hold him any longer.
The point is...I had to refer him to another buddy of mine who teaches at a Magnet School right up the street from me...not even ONE mile from my school. My kids will be competing with this Magnet School forever and it feels like I almost helped the cause by sending an incredible marching and brass instructor to them. But honestly, life is about integrity and it would have been wrong to pretend as though this guy only had a chance with my band.
My question is that it does hurt a little, honestly...but has anyone ever been in that position? What do you do?
My instinct is to just work hard and build this program into something great and just hope I can replace him---when in fact he wasnt actually in place in the first place.
What do I do?
My First Real Issue...
2 replies to this topic
Posted 11 June 2004 - 09:51 AM
MusicEducator, have you ever seen the movie Braveheart? There is one line in there that Braveheart's father says to him, that always sticks in my mind. That's "follow your heart, lad." (you have to image that with a Scottish accent). It sounds to me like you're scared to death of you're first job before you've even started. A lot of people feel that way at first, but my suggestion to you is to take the bull by the horns, stick out your chest, and dive right in with confidence. I've read your other posts, and they all sound like a cry for help. I'm sure eventually more and more band directors will post on this forum and give you a lot of help, but in the end, you need to tell yourself "I can do this." I think you did the right thing by directing your friend to the other band. He may come back help to you eventually - you did him a favor - he'll return it.
Posted 15 December 2005 - 04:14 PM
So, how did it work out???