Everyone has an opinion about their conductor, and the more I play with, the more I truly believe that it is not the music or the wagging which makes the best ones stand out - it is their relationship with the band and how they run a rehearsal. It's the reason why commanding or charming people get conducting positions and get decent results. This is the stuff which doesn't seem to get taught. It's with this in mind that I found some seemingly useful tips on improving exactly these qualities. Take a look and see if you agree: http://www.jazztbone.com/articles/bandleading_101.htm I know he's talking about leading a jazz band, but they are professional, and I love the way he sees the director as the rehearsal leader. I've played with a good number of the top league of MDs in banding, and although many are wonderful musicians, there are a good number of charlatans which can't really hear what's going wrong, give lumpy beats, offer no help in improving tuning, have excrutiating taste (obviously in my opinion, but there are a number of pointers on the score...) and offer little more hearing "it's not quite right" and providing social leadership, and don't do badly with contest results etc. Anyone with me on this one?