10 Things Orchestra Directors Can Be Thankful For

November 16, 2017 Ward Dilmore

1. When students remember their instruments every day


2. Musicians who sit quietly when they're not playing

And hold their instrument in the correct hand.

Photo via I Teach Orchestra


3. People who practice

Photo via oddquartet.com


4. Having extra bows



5. Musicians who bring pencils to rehearsals

Photo via The Music Fox


6. Trumpet players who blend

Photo via Horn Players



7. Students who listen to instructions the first time



8. Players who mark in their bowings (with pencil)



9. Musicians who actually watch and play at your tempo



10. Being able to take the orchestra trip of a lifetime with Encore Tours!


All of us at Encore Tours are grateful for you! The music teachers and directors who impact the lives of students on a daily basis. Thank you for all that you do!


About the Author

Ward Dilmore

Ward Dilmore is a recently retired music teacher from Wilmington High School, MA where he grew his string orchestra from 12 students to over 450, in large part due to his incorporation of foreign travel into the program. Ward initially traveled with other companies, but once he found Encore, he never looked back. He has taken his ‘Strings Attached’ orchestra overseas with Encore 7 times, in total taking over 1,200 students abroad during his years at Wilmington.

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