I’ve played in various ‘lower section’/lower ability bands over the last decade and so have seen many different people wagging a Baton. One thing that strikes me is the variance in the way that Conductors treat their bands; at one extreme they are plain rude and abrasive and at the other they inspire and accept from players the best that they can give. It would be unfair to describe conducting as anything less than difficult and demanding, but it is still a mystery to me why someone would abuse a band member or members within a rehearsal in a way that would likely result in sharp words or even a ‘hurt’ nose if said outside of the band room. Perhaps I misunderstand but does the power of the baton go to some folks’ head or do they just lack better people skills? What experiences have forum members had and what do they think is good conducting practice?