"Okay, tuba players, here's what I want to hear," he says as he picks up his piccolo.
Good point Agent27. IMHO band directors generally no longer have the time needed to keep their performance skills at the level it should be. This is not necessarily bad since as band director their role is more strategic/macro (aka giving overall direction to the band) than tactical/micro (developing each band member's skill). But of course, there should be a minimum skill level that a band director must have to be effective at his job.Agent27 said:Sometimes, because they can't do it themselves. I was in a school funk combo once when the teacher, a trumpet players, wanted us to accent a phrase a certain way. He'd sing it, we'd play it back the way he sang it, then he'd tell us we were wrong and we'd repeat the process. He took his mouthpiece and used a students trumpet to illustrate his point. It sounded exactly the same. If he really wanted us to play it differently than we were, he couldn't demonstrate it on the horn.
I fear that a lot of band directors, after years of teaching and having no real performance outlet, lose a lot of their ability to play. As they get better as a director, they lose their effectiveness as a player.