How many bands represented by deps?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Redhorn, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    At yesterdays gig in the grounds of Hertford Castle we were pleased to welcome deps from 9 bands playing under our title of 'Becontree Brass Band'.
    On behalf of the band we'd like to say a formal 'thank you' to all the members of Welwyn CG, Tilbury, Thundersley, Alliance, Redbridge, Enfield&Potters Bar, East London, Yiewsley&West Drayton, Regent......and Becontree (!) for coming along for the blow!
    Long live the camaraderie!

    Now, beat that! :D
  2. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    The tMP Band at Pontins or Whits or Easingwold... any year you like... :)
  3. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    . . . not forgetting Hadleigh!!!
  4. Di

    Di Active Member

    That's cheating. ;)
  5. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member 'alecs'! REAL (ie registered!) bands only! :)
  6. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    two words for you
    "denham hendon"
  7. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    Nope, didnt have any of them! But then theres not many of them to go round! ;-)
  8. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    We managed to get one on Saturday!. Must mark that one down in the Boc Band "Eye Spy" spotters book (anyone remember them!).:biggrin: (in fact we had another one the week before too!).

    Btw many thanks to Lisa and Adrian from Denham.
  9. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    PS We're trying to beat our own record in a couple of Saturdays time! On 1st July Becontree are playing at Pinewalk Bandstand (or is it Fishermans walk!????) and we're short of cornets and horns.
    Steve (Whatsharp?), Chris (also plays for Regent), and Lynne, from Yiewlsley & West Drayton (does that count as two bands?!) have already signed up- so thats at least 3 bands represented!
    Anyone else want to join in?.... :)
  10. starperformer

    starperformer Member

    i wasn't referring to the "eye spy" idea, although i like it.
    i have heard anecdotally that denham (or possibly the older hendon band) once managed to put on a 10-piece gig with 10 deps - can anyone corroborate this?

    valiant effort at making the need for loads of deps sound interesting and/or positive by the way.
  11. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    Absolutely, surely needing that many deps to fulfil a gig is not something to be especially proud of.
  12. Bob Sherunkle

    Bob Sherunkle Active Member

    Dear bbbrec

    Well done.

    I am just grateful that I didn't have to listen to it!


  13. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    On the contrary- we could have fulfilled the gig with just our members.... BUT...
    Is it better to do a big gig with half a band (in Sundays case without deps it would have left us with just 2 solo cornets, and a rep in the cornet section, for example. Oh, and no conductor!), slog your guts (lips!) out, be limited by what music you can or cannot play- , or to open it up (as we did on this forum) inviting anyone that wants to come along for a blow, regardless of ability, to do so- and just have a good afternoon of music making and fellowship???

    Yeah, it wasn't 'Albert Hall' standard- but we enjoyed ourselves and got to meet several nice people from other bands who just wanted to come along for a blow. For once we didnt have to spend weeks in advance trying to fill positions, and didnt have to spend extortionate amounts of money on 'prima-donna' fees for deps!!!

    Isnt banding supposed to be about having some fun? Jeeeez!!!!! :-?
  14. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    I am sure it was fun and all that but don't your committee consider whether or not you will have a band when taking on the gig. That was more what I was hinting at.
  15. Di

    Di Active Member

    Band engagements can be booked as far as a year in advance, some are regular annual events. It's inevitable that there will be an amout of sickness/work commitments which arise on top of the planned holidays.
  16. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    Ok, I give in, I'm obviously in a minority here but to have nearly 50% deps is surely pushing it just a little far. Not something I think I would be happy with at our band.
  17. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    And I'm already looking forward to it!. (sorry I'll reply to your PM in a mo :oops: ). Chris, incidentally, plays with WGC band at present. (Still 2 bands thou!).
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2006
  18. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    As it has become very difficult for us to find deps during August, we have now followed BAE Systems band and do not take on any gigs during this month. Does any one else do this?
  19. Ipswich trom

    Ipswich trom Member

    We don't do jobs in August, in fact we don't even rehearse! Complete 4 week break.
  20. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    Once one of St Agnes's annual engagements was moved to a different date, and it turned out that half the band (including the conductor) were unable to make it. At the time St Agnes and Illogan bands were as close to merging as you could be without it happening, so we ended up having over half the band and the conductor being from Illogan, but still playing under the name of St Agnes! Not exactly a large number of bands being represented, but it was a bit bizarre to say the least!

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