A question for the conductors/MD's out there. Do you plan your rehearsals? I suspect the answer in most cases is yes. You will have in mind some of the things you want to do in the next rehearsal and a vague plan for the next concert or contest. It is my belief however (and please prove me wrong!) that most conductors do not give enough thought to the planning of their rehearsals. Choosing instead to use the same format for all of their rehearsals. How many bands have a rehearsal which starts with a hymn, goes on to a march before launching into a contest piece and finishing with something lighter?? The worst failing is the lack of information to players about rehearsals. What pieces will be rehearsed, which sections and what will be expected. Without this direction from the MD is it any wonder players are not prepared for rehearsal? So some questions: 1. Do you have a written plan for each rehearsal? 2. Do you have written goals for your band? 3. Is your rehearsal plan specific? Which bars, which techniques, which outcomes? 4. Do you share you plan with your players so that they can come to rehearsal prepared? 5. Do you share your rehearsal plan with players weeks in advance to give them time to practice? 6. Do you explain why the band needs to rehearse a specific technique? The better/professional ensembles out there have players who are able to do some of this planning themselves. More inexperienced/amateur groups need more assistance from conductors to help them improve. This is not just an issue I have seen with brass bands it seems to occur with all ensembles. I'd be interested to hear others view on this topic. What do you do with your band? How do you plan better to get the most out of rehearsals?