Band directors are thankful for…
1. Principals that let us do our jobs
2. Stands that don’t wobble, flip over, or slide down
3. Trombone slides that actually slide
4. Students who have graduated, but come back to visit
5. Literature that is scored well for young bands
6. Great ideas shared by other directors or learned from mentors
7. Clarinet players who swab out
8. Incredible musical moments
9. Notes kids write on the white board about how much they love band
10. State music conventions
11. Trumpet players who use their kick slide
12. A school day that is actually on a ‘normal’ bell schedule
13. Flute players who use vibrato without being told
14. Days where every child has their supplies
15. French horn players who can start on the correct pitch
16. Students who wave and say hello to us in the hallways
17. Double reed players – period.
18. Parents who support their students’ music education
19. Saxophone players who throw nasty old reeds in the trash instead of leaving them on the stand
20. Leaving school while the sun is still up (ha ha)
21. Seeing students’ eyes looking at us as we conduct
22. The day after a great concert or contest
23. Administration who support the band program as much as any other academic area
24. Percussionists who take pride in playing cymbals, bass drum and triangle – correctly
25. Kids who help set up chairs and stands without being asked
26. Tuba players who are careful not to dent their instruments
27. Seeing former students grow up to be successful in many areas, not just music
28. The student who turns her head as she is walking out the band hall door and says “Thank you, Mr. Johnson. See you tomorrow!”
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