A Case of Mistaken Identity

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Kerwintootle, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Kerwintootle

    Kerwintootle Member

    Queensbury, Bradford
    A case of mistaken identity! Press Release December 16th

    An unexpected visitor descended upon Waitakere Band’s rehearsal last Monday night. He unceremoniously told the band to stop playing, as there had been a complaint about the noise! He handed the band with a noise abatement notice and warned the band that if another complaint were to be received within the next 72 hours then the band would be fined. The players were aghast, surely the band’s playing wasn’t that offensive?! After several emails and phone calls by the bands secretary, Julie McKee, the truth was uncovered, a company Christmas party was the source of the loud noise and subsequent complaints but by the time the council official came to the vicinity the party had ceased and the only ‘noise’ to be heard was Waitakere Band rehearsing music for their concert series next year. The officer assumed that the band were the ‘nuisance’ and duly called a halt to the rehearsal.

    Band Manager Alex Kerwin said ‘It was a shock at the time to have our rehearsal interrupted and the band served with a noise abatement notice however, I am relieved that it was purely a case of mistaken identity. The band does a lot of work for the community and we enjoy a very close relationship with our local public.’

    The band are busy preparing their Concert Series for next year in which their first concert, Stars in Brass will feature euphonium star, Riki McDonnell.
  2. kadsop1

    kadsop1 New Member

    Filey, North yorkshire
    Hello Alex,just got on this tmp thing and its cool, nice to see you doing so well, you getting around girl just got back into banding myself hasn't the music got harder Hello to Simon,Best wishes Kev Donaldson
  3. persins

    persins Member

    Reading, England
    A few years ago, my old band were rehearsing in a different bandroom. The electrics were somehow linked into a noise measuring device. We came up at a fairly loud section of the piece and low and behold, all of the electrics tripped out. Apparently, it ws on a timer or something like that since it all came back on after about 20minutes.
    Needless to say, we didn't stay in that venue very long!

    The same band also had loads of trouble getting planning permission for their own bandroom on the site of a local rugby club because a neighbour (about 1/2 mile away) continually appealled against it on the grounds of noise pollution. They caught himout though by actually taking a detector round to his house during a rehearsal to measure the so called pollution and found that there was more noise coming from his boiler than the band!
  4. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    WOW - that is one serious case of mistaken identity Alex. Did the band ever receive an apology from the official?
  5. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Off topic (slightly) I know, but Unity Brass' old bandroom was the same, although the noise meter was wired into the plug ring-main only and not the lights so it was OK for practice. The noise box was a traffic light affair mounted on the wall for all to see - if the red light came on the 'leccy went off!! It was a great rehearsal aid for playing quietly :icon_cheesygrin:
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