So You Want to Lead a Band

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So You Want to Lead a Band
Genre Variety show
Starring Sammy Kaye
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black and white
Audio format Monaural
Original run August 5, 1954 (1954-08-05) – January 27, 1955 (1955-01-27)
Preceded by Treasury Men in Action
Followed by Kraft Television Theater

So You Want to Lead a Band is a half-hour variety show hosted by Sammy Kaye which aired on ABC from August 5, 1954 to January 27, 1955.[1]

Members of the studio audience are invited to conduct the band. Then through its applause the audience chooses the winning amateur conductor. The winner receives a prize. Vocalists on the program included Barbara Benson and Jeffrey Clay.[1]

The series aired on Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern after Treasury Men in Action and before Kraft Television Theater. Its competition on NBC was Dragnet.[2]


  1. ^ a b Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 770
  2. ^ McNeil, Total Television, appendix, national television schedule