Join Date: Dec 2005
Re: Jazz Band BS
Don't worry, many of us have probably had our musical woes in high school. Our school built a really nice studio a few years ago, but it's run like a joke. We have this one "music" teacher who manages our school's acapella group, so when the studio was built, the ignorant administration just assumed that the guy knows everything there is about music, including recording and producing. The reality, though, is that the guy doesn't know much about music at all (he thinks that there is no flat third in the minor pentatonic) much less recording. He wasted $30,000 on sound treatment, only to realize he messed up and had to do it all over again. In actuality, the people who donated the money for the studio are quite angry, because they were under the impression that the money would have provided for both a studio AND a new recording/producing teacher. But now this guy runs it, and it's a disaster...
Anyways, he also runs our "studio band," which I was a part of in the 10th grade. We each got to pick a song to rehearse and record for the CD at the end of the year. I can tell though that this guy doesn't like hard rock. He's a big Beatles, Grateful Dead (yuck), Bob Dylan, etc. fan, so when I wanted to play something a little more hard rock (not necessarily "shred," just hard rock like UFO, Purple, etc...), he scoffed. There's a reason music is being run down these days. Even many schools that still have music programs still have bad teachers.
The best thing you can do is just do something really well outside of school and let them eat their words.