Okay, I could be talking hypothetically, but I guess to ask this question there has to be a serious side to it. Is there a right time for MD/Conductor and band to part company? Can you go on for years and years, working well together and achieving? Or does there come a time when things become 'stale'? What happens if there is the beginning of a 'mutiny' amongst one or two band players. Personality clashes. Does familiarity breed contempt? Does an MD begin to think s/he is like 'God' and start trying to run the band their way? What about when a successful condutor has brought a band from the lower sections to the top, do they have the right to dictate how the band has to be run to ensure they remain where they have risen to? Does a committee have a responsibility towards both band and MD or just the band? Just some thoughts running through my mind and wondering if there is an answer. :-?