I have a bit of an issue with my band director. My school runs on a 4-period schedule, with one semester counting towards a full year's credit. Anyway, the varsity choir and band are both offered only during 4th period, which obviously presents a minor problem. However, two other students (our only oboeist and our top tenor sax player) sing in choir every other day as part of a deal between the choir director and band director. I talked to the director beforehand, and she cleared me to audition for varsity choir, but she said that she needed time to think about whether to let me in. Knowing that, I auditioned for varsity choir and our band director was... not happy, I'll say, about it. She explained to me that I'm too important of a leader to the band to be an every other day person, and told me directly that if I were to join varsity choir she wants me to drop band. What doesn't make sense to me is that I'm being denied an opportunity to do both choir and band (like other people) BECAUSE my leadership is so important. I was wondering if anyone has had any sort of experience in dealing with this, or has any advice to give (either as a person or as a teacher/band director). I don't feel like I've adequately explained the situation, but I'll fix it if anyone finds a major fault in this that blows this out of context. Thanks for any help you might be able to offer. Also, it might be a good thing to add that she was hired over the summer as a one-year replacement for our old band teacher, and ended up having it made permanent after something happened.