Any of you had any well known guest conductors coming to help out at rehearsal? How did you feel? Did they improve the Band? Do you think its a good thing? I've had 3 experiences of well know conductors coming to help us before a contest. Roy Newsome and Roy Curran came to conduct Eagley years ago just before a contest. Roy Newsome was very patient with us and put us all at ease whereas Roy Curran terrified us but , on the otherhand, the Band certainly played better. I'll never forget his words of wisdom on crescendos and de crescendos and still remember them today. At Crewe we were lucky enough to have a rehearsal taken by James Scott. I was really worried before the rehearsal and dreading playing badly but he soon put us all at ease and we had a fantastic rehearsal, we learnt alot but it was full of humour too which put us at our ease. Personally I feel it raises your self esteem to be conducted by a top conductor , as they were at the time and its great that they are willing to give up their time to help a lower section band try to reach their full potential in a particular piece.