Once upon a time, I was a high school band director. Our program was a pretty agressive one, and our goals for performance were lofty. I had decent support from the school district, and I had tremendous support from a committed booster organization. The band had traditionally taken a spring trip that alternated between smaller regional trips and larger destination trips.
When I think back to the dozens of ensemble directors I’ve worked with, performed for, or come into contact with, there are a few key attributes that jump out at me that define “good from great”.