A conductor was having a lot of trouble with a drummer. He constantly gave this guy personal attention and much advice, but his performance simply didn’t improve. Finally, before the whole orchestra, he took a critical jab at the drummer,

“When a musician just can’t handle his instrument and doesn’t improve when given help, they take away the instrument, give him two sticks, and make him a drummer — which must be why you play the drums.”

A stage whisper was heard from the percussion section,

“And if he can’t handle even that, they take away one of his sticks and make him a conductor.”