Band Leader

A musical band would not be able to function without a band leader and in fact would probably not even exist without an effective and dedicated leader. A band leader plays an essential role in the progression and success of a band or group of musicians.

A band leader is the person who develops oversees and leads a band through rehearsals and live productions. The first step a band leader must take when developing a band is to choose the band members. If the group is amateur the leader may accept anyone wishing to be in the band into the group. However if the group is professional the leader will hold auditions and select the best members to join. The second step to a bands success is the rehearsals.

The band leader will schedule and lead all of the bands practice sessions and will also provide extra help or encouragement to band members in need of support. The third step for a band is for the leader to schedule performances. Depending on how popular or professional the band is performances may be frequent or infrequent. The leader then conducts the band during the performance.

There is no formal education requirement to be a band leader but most leaders have some sort of a degree in the field of music or have been a band member themselves for many years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the annual salary for band leaders varies greatly depending on the level of the band. For amateur bands leaders may make a salary of about $16000 but for leaders who have a large amount of responsibility with a professional band the salary can reach over $100000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $58000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $16000
Tasks: Schedules rehearsals for the band.
Arranges for live performances by the band in various venues.
Chooses band members, which sometimes involves auditions.
Conducts and leads the band during performances.
Also Called: Conductor
Band Manager
Music Director
Musical Performer
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