The more "appropriate" emoticon would have been the "rolling eyes" or the "rofl" . Some of us are touchy with the parent/director relationship because in many systems, the music education has become secondary and the "feelings" of the "angels" is a priority. We don't want to offend anybody by telling them they are wrong. The director I mentioned previously used to have his 6th & 7th grade bands playing Kenton/Herman/Ellington arrangements for spring concerts. With political correctness run amok, grades 1 & 2 are the best (and it wasn't good) he could get the kids to do. He retired 4 years early!