Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by hellraiser, Aug 16, 2005.
Are there any privately owned bands out there?
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I am sure there have been privately owned bands..bands like Cyfartha ( merthyr tydfil ) , Bikershaw colliery were owned by businessmen , still I don't think there are any Bernie Ecclestones or Richard Branson's out there wanting to plough a couple of million into a band..
Would you buy a band if you won the lottery, Nick?
How are you defining privately owned.
One man with a big pot of cash.
A group of people coming together to form a band, with no ties to any charity or sponsorship.
And yes if I won the lottery I would sponsor a band, or rather a group of bands, by means of a trust fund, to safegaurd them and me against a teddies out of the pram scenario.
Stonesfield are first in line if Mr Branson is shopping - he lives about a mile from where we practice in Shipton-upon-Cherwell, Kidlington ....
What does "privately owned" mean in terms of a band?
Sponsored by an individual?
I would invest in a band if I won serious money on the lottery , set up a scholarship to promote brass playing , make sure that the youth section and training sections were properly managed. I dont think one person owning a band is a good idea , I like the idea that everyone in the band can have a say in the running , someone may have some great ideas.
My father once donated £2000 to my old band, just to keep it going, and all the extra expense a band incurs from time to time (such as deps fees, new music, etc).....
Does that count?
One could argue that those bands which have been in continuous unbroken sponsorship for a number of years are privately owned e.g Scottish Co-op or Tullis Russell Mills here in Scotland. I'm sure there are plenty of examples of this in England.
Uh, uh... His address is "Kidlington Mill" - we bagsy first go!
Why was I expecting that, Dave?
Having looked it up, I can't argue with the fact you're a bit closer than we are - I thought he was Shipton side of Kidlington, but he isn't.
But we're the more needy - you've at least got your own bandhall!
I don't think either of us will be in luck though - I've never heard of him having any interest in brass bands
Why don't you say that you want to attempt the world record balloon crossing of the Atlantic with a brass band. Maybe that'll work
Would that entail the band renaming itself "Virgin Brass"???!!!
You never know, it might attract a few more players!!!
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