I have visited rehearsals run by maybe a dozen different conductors – learnt a lot that way - and been in several different bands over the years. Unsurprisingly I have found that the actions of the Conductor are crucial to how things go for the band; some bands are happy, some are empty and some achieve promotion if that’s their aim. A few Conductors seem to rant and rave a bit, maybe it sometimes produces results but I’m not happy to play for them and will move elsewhere. At the other end of the spectrum I find a clear beat, a word of explanation, gradual education, realism, inspiration, coaxing and leadership. For that type of Conductor I will always give my best efforts and support then whenever I can. So what does the forum think makes a Conductor good and what path(s) do they follow to become one? Why do you like particular Conductors and also what are the basics any Conductor must get right?