Pay: per gig increase in pay depending on level of expertise
Traits: Self driven, accountable to self and leaders of company, knowledgeable in theory, a leader personality, a diplomatic manner about them, must be non-abrasive and positive in all communications (no barking commands and being temperamental)
Description: The music director is the “producer” of the band. Creating transitions, medleys, mash ups in their spare time and bringing these ideas to Mannequin’s leaders. Ideas are approved and then brought into rehearsals or posted on the bands web page by Alan. The m.d. also plans the agenda for rehearsals, insuring that material is reviewed regularly and new material is learned. The m.d. “runs” rehearsal. Once announcements are made and rehearsal is underway, it’s the m.d. who will keep things moving and command the room. Keeping volumes down, keeping talking to a minimum and generally making sure there is order and that the rehearsal is productive. The m.d. “mixes” the band. Telling members when they need to “hold back” or “come up” with their part. Telling musicians when it’s “too busy” or “too sparse” at key moments in song. The m.d. stresses dynamics and musicianship as a group. Blending and massaging the sound until it is polished and professional.