The big band conductor does most of his/her work before hand, in rehearsal. However, nailing the right tempo so that the band can really groove is crucial. It is not as if you are conducting and can adjust the tempo "on the fly." This being said, we all count off tunes a little fast and a little slow in the heat of battle and a good band will take that tempo and reshape the tune, i.e., make the groove work. Tonight, here's hoping I do not ask my band to do that too often.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.