Just a vent. I run my afterschool theatre program. I am very flexible with my students in terms of their rehearsal requirements so that they can go to tutoring, clubs, athletics, etc. I want them there as much as possible, but I realize that this is high school, they are volunteering their time, and they have lives outside of theatre. Our band teacher is making my life very hard. He is very strict and very disciplined, which I admire very much. He is a former military man, so he brings much of that to his band. He has done wonderful things with the band, and they sound fantastic. His rule for his band students is they may only miss 3 after school practices, regardless of reason. If they miss more, they are out of the district festival, and they may possibly fail the class. He does allow them to attend other activities for for the 1st half hour after school, but then they must go to band, or they will have to run laps, or something if they're late. I have several theatre students who are also band students. There are also about 10 students who try out for shows who are also in band, but even though they are talented, I won't cast them because it's just too hard to work with their schedules, or, they don't receive leads because I know i can't have them for more than half an hour. I never demand my students skip activities except during tech week and final dress rehearsals. And then, if they really can't stay, I still let them leave. I do not have these students in class at all--all our work must be done after school. Every show I do I have at least one student who has never been to full run-through of the show until opening night because they have always had to leave to go to band, even on dress rehearsal days. So today was dress rehearsal for a show that opens tomorrow night. The band students have been rehearsing 3 songs for districts (which is this Saturday) everyday day, 3 hours a day after school, plus 1 hour a day in class, for 2 months. I requested that the two band students who were in the show be allowed to stay for the entire dress rehearsal. The students were allowed to stay until 4:30, then they had to return to band. One was finished at 4:30, the other was just taking the stage, and did not return to band. When he went to band at 5:15, he was told he was being kicked out of band. Now, I respect this teacher, and his standards. I don't know if this student has missed his three days, but I know he has been consistently leaving rehearsal for the past month on time to go to band. Am I wrong in thinking this teacher is being inflexible and very inconsiderate of the students and me? The students are afraid to talk to him, and many only continue to go to band because he threatens them with grades. I want the band teacher and I to get along, and I want to honor his rules, but at the same time, he never gives me an inch. I always release my students from rehearsal on game days, or if the next day is some significant event--I want them to be well-rounded. If today was Friday, and his competition was tomorrow, I would never have even asked my students to stay--I would have made sure they went to band to practice. The kids complain to me all the time about him, and i try to stay out of it, because it's really not my place, but when it is effecting my final product, and my students are then, in my mind, unduly penalized, I must then speak up. Am I asking too much?