I conducted my first ever high school jazz band performance last week.
Me [to crowd]: And this next piece is one probably most of you have heard – If I Only Had You, from the Pixar movie Monsters Incorporated.
*turning back to the band, instantly realizing my mistake*
All 13 Students: Who says Monsters *Incorporated*?!
Me: I knooow. 🤦♂️
*we finish playing the piece*
Me [to students]: I still can't believe I called it Monsters Incorporated. That's the most band director thing I've ever done in my life. 😩
I have been teaching music across the Twin Cities since 2011. Along with seeing students grow as musicians and people, one of the joys of teaching is the ridiculous things my students say.