Sunday, November 11, 2007

Band Drama!

As most of you know, I play bassoon in my town's community concert band. And a ton of crap has been happening lately, which I find totally interesting, but some of you may want to skip this snooze fest...

The original band director had some issues. He wouldn't listen to us as a band, chose music I hated (as well as most others), and made mistakes in concerts. Was he getting paid? Absolutely not. Do I make mistakes in concerts? Absolutely. The difference was he wouldn't take constructive critism, not from the band members or the board.

I was at one time the fundraising chair person. I pretty much quit because no matter how much work I put into it, it wasn't enough. This guy expected a full time job to be done by me, and here I am thankful I found a band that only practiced for two hours once a week. I was doing this because I loved it....

The Board members all had issues with him, and approached him on several occasions. Then I guess they finally had enough after myself and my good friend Heather said we were going to go try out another band (although the only other band Heather and I found looked like we would be the youngest members by a good 30 years...). Their plan was to meet with the band director and convince him to step down. And they wanted me present for this.

Of which I was not. I knew this was going to turn ugly and I do not like confrontations. I don't do well with them. I mostly just cry. Ask Ray about the time he tried to buy a car with me and started getting loud with the sales guy....me crying actually helped...anyways...

So the band director stepped down. And now we have this cool new woman director who rocks. And all is good in band geekdom.

12 comments:

Pam said...

Glad it all worked out! We all need that creative outlet and when it becomes more work then fun, well, that isn't good. Glad you like the new girl!

frannie said...

band geekdom-- that is cute!

I'm glad that the guy stepped down-- he certainly didn't sound right for the job. I hope the new person works out!

Kellie said...

Glad it worked out. Drama sucks wind. Who needs it with so much other crap going on in this world?!

:)

Martha said...

but i would've been cooler, RIGHT???


:)

my4kids said...

Regardless of wether he was getting paid or not he should have been listening better especially since it was a volunteer band kind of thing. I'm glad you guys were able to find someone new that you like.

bermudabluez said...

All's well that ends well! Glad it worked out for you. The guy sounded like a jerk.

Beccy said...

Glad it all worked out for you.

Julie said...

Band Drama huh? Is there any part of life that isn't drama filled these days?

wolfbaby said...

my niece loves band.. i wish when i was younger i had stayed with playing my sax long enough to make band..

Edie C said...

Glad the new director ROCKS!!

Catherine said...

"Their plan was to meet with the band director and convince him to step down. And they wanted me present for this.

So the band director stepped down. And now we have this cool new woman director who rocks. And all is good in band geekdom."

They wanted you there? And now there's a rockin, woman director... are you the new bad director?

Kelly M said...

Glad everything is good now! Good thing he stepped down, sounded like he might have gotten ousted! Hope the new woman is good :)