Leadership Roles and Responsibilities

Leadership Roles in F!MB

Gig Captain

  • This role is open to any member in good standing, and is done for individual events, not as a long-term role.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Communicate with the event sponsor to arrange logistics (playing times, repertoire, compensation, parking, etc.).
    • Propose a set list, which is open to comment and revision, a few days in advance.
    • Convey information about the event to the band via Facebook and in meetings (meetings times, playing times, set list, other expectations).
    • Communicate with the gig director, if one is necessary.
    • Pass out set lists if necessary.
    • Be the “go-to” person for information.

 Rehearsal Facilitator

  • This role is open to any member in good standing, and is done for individual rehearsals.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Sign up for this role in meetings or on the document on Facebook.
    • Make a rehearsal schedule including warm-up tunes, new pieces, and anything else that you feel needs work. Please post this schedule to Facebook by the previous Thursday for comment and so music directors know what to prepare for.
    • In rehearsal, you are responsible for watching the time and keeping us on schedule.
    • You may guide discussion during the meeting and invite announcements/points for discussion.
    • You may take us through a warm up (scales, tuning, other exercises) or delegate that to someone else.
    • Rehearsal facilitators are NOT expected to direct or rehearse music. That is the role of the music director, though one person can hold both roles.

Music Director

  • We will retain our current system of having musically experienced members adopt songs to rehearse and direct, because it allows people to use their skills to the best advantage of the group and it makes for more efficient and satisfying rehearsals.
  • The corps of music directors is not intended to be a closed group. Anyone who possesses the skills listed below may direct songs, once they have the consensus approval of the rest of the music directors. If you want to take on this role, please discuss it with a current director. If time allows, a current leader could help teach interested members. A healthy environment is one which encourages the growth of all its members while respecting the expertise that comes with years of practice.
  • Music directors are expected to have a particular skill set which includes:
    • Knowing what all instrumental parts of a piece should sound like.
    • Communicating information during performance (beating time, cues, other signals).
    • Counting off.
    • Having a clear, predetermined idea of what a piece should sound like.
    • Knowing how to ask for changes and rehearse individual parts.
    • Our current list of directors is: Norm, Gloria, Kate, Kyle, Laurie, Eric, Lyndall.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Sign up for pieces to lead in rehearsal and performance. Choose as few or as many as you are comfortable with.
    • Formulate ideas for each piece (structure, orchestration, etc.) and communicate them to the group.
    • Have an idea of what each person’s part should sound like.
    • Provide feedback for performers and rehearse details.
    • Ask for feedback from performers so that everyone feels welcome to express their ideas.
    • As much as possible, directors should be able to count off and give cues on other pieces, in case that director cannot be at a rehearsal or gig.

Gig Director

  • This role is only necessary for parades, stage shows, and other performances where pacing is important. Having one designated person per event will limit confusion and frustration.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Get the attention of the band at the beginning of each piece. This may require not playing at the very end of the preceding one.
    • Communicate what song is next so that everyone understands.
    • Keep up pacing, while being aware of time needed to turn pages, etc.
    • Count off all pieces that need counting off and give essential cues.

Section Leader

  • This is an informal role with indefinite categorization. Anyone with experience may take on this role from time to time, and there may not be a need to define specific leaders. In general, all band members should be receptive to constructive criticism that is tactfully given.
  • Responsibilities:
    • Assist and advise new members in rehearsal.
    • Confer with arrangers about the appropriateness of parts.
    • Discuss issues of musicality within the section during group rehearsals or sectional rehearsals.
    • Mentor new members (optional).

    (approved November 2012 by consensus)


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