Look at the score and use a metronome while you’re practicing.
Okay, so if someone is talking while the director is talking, instead of making a big scene and disrupting him, you walk over, tap that person on the shoulder and quietly ask him to not speak while your director is speaking. Then, if they continue to speak out of turn, you bring it up with your director.
In my experience, if someone in a section is acting up, you usually go to the student leadership about it before the director, but it all depends on what kind of leadership system your band uses.
Is this a question for advice, or just a comment?
Hey! So without really knowing the kinds of traditions that you already have, it’s kind of hard to help you out here. My best advice is to ask your fellow band members what they would like to see, talk to other drum majors from other schools, talk to your director and see what kinds of things you can come up with. You want your band to succeed, right? So when you go through this, speak from your heart.
Hey drum majors! I know you all have questions! And I’m not trying to shut you down, however, Now that I’m getting ready for a recital in college, I don’t have a lot of time for tumblr and stuff (bummer, I know) So if you have questions, PLEASE PLEASE please read through all the other questions because the questions you ask have been answered before on numerous occasions. THEN if you have questions, please ask them.
I’m sorry for the half hiatus, but music majoring is tough, and I can’t always be on tumblr, but I will definitely try to look every day.
Best of luck to all of you, and if you need me immediately, tweet me at @kaieamador
My best advice to you is to pretend that he’s just another person on the field during rehearsals, games, ect. I’ve said it in so many other posts, when you’re doing the Marching Band thing.. you are not anyone’s friend, girlfriend, boyfriend, brother or sister. You are the drum major, and they are the people you are leading. Off the field, between classes, at lunch, over the weekends, you guys can be together all you want and he can be your boyfriend, but as a drum major… you have to act like he’s just another random guy on the field.
But make sure you explain that to him first, so that he doesn’t needlessly get upset with you.
The line is this: in the marching band environment, he is not your boyfriend. He is a trumpet player, and you are a drum major. And that’s the line you should draw for all your relationships.
If it gets to the point where you even kind of thing that it’s unethical, then you should go straight to administration about it. Your job is to lead the band, yes… However you’re still a student and in the end, it is your director’s job to be the director.
My directors, by and large, have always treated me (as a drum major and as an ensemble member) with the utmost respect. And even though you’re a student, you should still demand respect, because you’re a human being.
Well, just do it and don’t give second thought to the nay sayers… The directors aren’t going to care what the ensemble thinks. They re going to pick the person they believe is best suited for the job. So just go out in the spring and give it 110%