You only get as much out of something as you put into it...

Students should set a goal for at least 15-30 minutes of practice five days per week.  Do you want to be better?  Practice more!

Remember that just "playing" does not mean that you are practicing.  Band rehearsal does not count toward practice time.  

Practice habits should include an environment free from distractions and interruptions, a dedicated goal, method of study, and consistency.