I'm only 20 and yes I'm still a kid myself. I don't consider myself a seasoned verteran, I'm just sharing opinions based on my experiences. I don't know first hand what he's dealing with so I'm just strickly going by the information that he has giving... but regardless, after reading back my post I can see how the delivery was a little harsh... I apologize for that because that wasn't my intent... This is true, however trumpet blower88 admits that he has a good band director. From my experiences, when good band directors make what seems like bad decisions is either because: 1. As you said. They burn out or 2. Pressure from parents, supervisors ext.... From what I've seen, reason 2 is usually the case. Also reason 2 is so complex and often makes the director look like the bad guy and that's what students don't see.... I agree with you hear also. That's why I said if it really bothers him that much he can do something about. I know that in H.S. I never just sat back. Students can have a influence on the decisions being made. The student just better really know what's going before he steps up the that level, is all I'm saying. yes, from my perspective it also looks like the band director is making some changes. But all I'm saying is to have consideration for the band director. Is it really all his choice? Don't automatically make him the bad guy. Think about whether or not it's really all his choice? What kind of outside pressure is he dealing with? What politics may he be dealing with? ext... The reason I bring these things up is not only because my band H.S. band director exposed to things from a directors perspective but also because my father (aside from being a musician) was also a H.S. band director and I heard about the things he dealt with.... just trying to bring a difference perspective. I hope that I was able express it clearly.