I've been facinated to read about the departure of Russell Gray from Fodens. I don't want to speculate what has gone on there, but it appears that Russell (one of the most successful conductors of one of the best bands) didn't really know this was coming. It set me to wondering how band committees and conductors get on. Is it really as cut-throat at the top level as it appears? My local champ section band has been through 5 conductors in the last 5 years. That's surely not good for morale or consistancy. As MD of my band I am an integral part of the committee and we try and communicate as much as possible on things like rehearsals and jobs, repertoire, discipline and deportment, attendances etc. I would hope that if I parted company with the band that it would be by mutual consent and not done in an under-hand way. I'm not suggesting it was done this way at Fodens but it does seem that there has been a break down in communication somewhere. What does anyone else think?