Tips for guest conducting honor bands

  1. The band will not be as good as described.
  2. Insist on a recording of last year’s band.
  3. Ask for programs from the last 3-4 years.
  4. Contact the conductor of last year’s band.
  5. Choosing the right music is the #1 task.
  6. Request a designated percussion helper.
  7. Pull music the band can’t read w/o falling apart.
  8. Have a couple of easier pieces in the folder.
  9. Review the rehearsal schedule before you commit.
  10. Avoid 8 hr rehearsal schedule on concert day.