Re: Leadership woes
ok... I've read though most of your replys and so far none will really work.
sure you could say "suck it up" and push them harder, but that won't get you any respect or more work out of them. You want to motavate them, not pretend it's boot camp or something.
one of the ways I can think of at the moment is call a big meeting right away when you first take over. In that meeting discuss any problems people are having, where THEY want to go, and what you can do to help them acheave that. Don't be overly pushy, or set goals way way too high. Also don't be like a ass and just take total control over them. That won't get you anywhere.
also remeber this... a good leader takes all the responsibilty and NONE of the credit! You're only helping the group excel, not helping yourself. Remeber that!
also, don't take anything personally, (unless it's personal) it's not your fault if they don't pratice at home, it's theirs.
Finally... someone brought up having the drum major around and stuff and letting them know of your problems. I would take that one step further. why not let the sax section know of your problems? why not just tell them, (in that first meeting) I would like to acheave this... this... and this... and it will mean working a little harder and not fluffing off as much.
I've found that being up front and honest is the best way.