My husband is a band director. I'm so glad that you enjoy band. To answer your questions, no you don't need to start learning all the instruments now, but it would not hurt. You should think about learning some of the other instruments similar to what you play now (example - say you play clarinet, then you should learn bass clarinet next, then contra-bass clarinet, then move to the saxophones). Don't know how your high school band will be set up, often band directors want you to be able to play several instruments to allow them to have a variety of instrumentation. Also, when you start marching band, start learning all about marching drill, and possibly becoming one of your school's "line leaders" or "drill techs" in later high school years. Basically, you teach small groups of other students their marching spots, etc. And if it's your thing, think about trying out for flag line, or at least learn as much as you can about it - you may have to teach flags one day as a band director, and knowing some of the basics will help.
When you get to college, you will need to major in music education. You should get to select a "major instrument" and this is usually your best instrument. However, you will need to learn all the other instruments, at least at a basic level. As you work as a band director, you will become more and more proficient with each instrument, especially if you make routine practice a part of your job. Schools with lots of band directors like to have one of them be the percussion person, one the woodwind person, and one the brass person. Also, majoring in music education makes sure that you get the education classes you need to qualify you to teach (to get certified). All states have different laws about teacher certification, so the college you attend should help you with the specifics on that.
Other things you can do to become really involved with your band now that will really help you out as a band director later are run for a band leadership/officer position, learn the "ins and outs" of your band's fundraising endeavors, and volunteer to help your director with big projects (like stuffing all those envelopes of new year band letters each summer before marching band begins), etc.
u should start now
Learn as many instruments as possible and Major in Music. You will take instrument courses in college, too.
well yea n u gatta know the composers and u know Beethoven and stuff
If you have a serious interest, you should explore this interest and try to narrow down a list of schools for being a band teacher that you would like to attend, then You would be able to tell for certain what you need to get done prior to attending that school, you should do a good deal of planning out where this would all be going, and hopefully that should make things easier for you.
I don't think you ever need to actually know how to play all the instruments, and certainly not well. At this point, get a good overall GPA, so you can go to a college you like. Practice at least one musical instrument, and try to start a second one, preferably in a different category (brass, woodwind, percussion, or whatever). Attend concerts whenever you can, and listen to critics talk about band performances, when you have a chance. That should be enough, for now!
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