I have been encouraged by some really friendly people on this open forum to start a thread about something very close to my (and probably most of your) hearts- the standard of conducting in brass bands. What do you think makes a really good conductor? What type of conductor gets the best out of you - individually and as a band? How important is it to have someone who can really communicate with his/her band (incidentally- how many female band conductors are out there?). Also, and probably more importantly, what makes a bad conductor? Having had many years of banding experience I find it intolerable when conductors bang on and on about dynamics with little or no reference to any other aspect of performance. This is by far the 'easiest' and simplest musical element to comment on and requires no 'musical ear'. Surely anyone could walk in to a bandroom, wave ones arms about for the duration of the piece and then say 'play this bit much more quietly and this bit more loud'. What do you think? I have genuinely played under a conductor who conducts in this style! Amazing innit?