The majority of the students in my so-called top band, whom I adore, but nevertheless need to chastise, are not practicing. I know, alert the media, right? At semester’s end, I decided I’d had enough and gave the students major new assignments, which will force them to practice daily or fail. In the past, I’ve tried to strike a balance between their academic loads and my musical demands, but no more. Practice or die. Or quit- whatever. I may have a small band by week’s end but the kids will be damned dedicated. The parental protests have already begun. I’ve prepared a standard email response. Let the games begin!