I've been playing in bands since I was 8, all the instruments (currently on Sop!!), every level up to top 10 ranking bands, and I want to become a conductor. There is so much you can do for yourself(learn to read scores, learn to teach, theory etc) but to develop you need to be in front of a band. The catch-22 is that bands tend to appoint conductors with experience , and you don't get much experience without a band. Any advice? Any band within an hours drive of Rugby need some part-time help playing / conducting?