How to resign in style!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by nethers, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. nethers

    nethers Active Member

    Was talking in the pub with some friends the other day about different ways of resigning from a band (on the assumption that you have an axe to grind and you're planning to light a few fires on the way out of course!).

    <disclaimer>Of course, I should say, that neither myself nor the people I was drinking with have any intention of making a mess in such manner in the foreseeable future (or probably ever) and wish nothing but the best to all of the bands we play in and have played with in the past.</disclaimer>

    One suggested that just playing everything a tone higher than written until you get the sack could be fun...

    Another said turning up to a gig in another band's uniform...

    Anyone got any other creative ideas? Or seen anything in real life?

  2. Just before going on stage at a major contest!!
  3. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Hmm well, to me to resign in style would be to do it with some dignity regardless of the BS that may have happened before.... but if I were to indulge in this sort of thing then I'd probably do my best to torpedo a contest performace by playing really ****.

    Disclaimer: there may be some people who say I do this for every contest...;)
  4. Di B

    Di B Member

    Not turning up to the area contest and not telling them will do it.

    If you are with an Open band standing up on stage and playing yankee doodle half way through a quiet movement in the test piece may also work ;-)

    Eating beans before every band practice may not get you sacked immediately, but making people ill from bad smells is a form of revenge!
  5. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    but our bass trombone's been doing that for years.....!
  6. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    A semi-tone's much more effective!

    They all look equally old and out-dated....don't bother!
  7. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    I heard tale of a band just about to do on contest stage, 2nd Baritone player told 1st Bari player he was been moved up after the contest!! 2nd bari may no longer be with said band. . .
  8. Sop_Or_Bass?

    Sop_Or_Bass? Member

    We had a cornet player send a text the morning of the Ebbw Vale contest to say that he wouldn't be coming!
  9. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    I knew a bandsman who was arrested and carted off to spend a few years as a guest of Her Majesty. That's a good way to get out of the Areas, but a bit extreme.
  10. still learnin

    still learnin Member

    I heard of an individual who was depping for a band and was told in no uncertain terms that it was against their rules to wear the uniform jacket on stage whilst setting up. He thought it was a silly rule and didn't like the authoritarian style of the individual imposing it so he took the jacket off put his instrument away and went home. Don't think that he was offered petrol money!
  11. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Myself and Boy Wonder have just resigned from our band :(, and yes I did have an axe to grind, but only with a certain individual. I spent many very enjoyable years with my band and had no reason to burn any bridges with my friends just because I chose to leave. I sent everyone the same email stating my reason for leaving, but in what I consider to be a very diplomatic manner, and so that no-one could accuse me of sour grapes or say that I left under a cloud. The reasons are ours alone and I wanted everyone to hear it from the horse's mouth, so to speak. If folks didn't hear it from me then they couldn't rely on it to be factual...
    At the end of the day it's a great outfit, and joining the band provided me and the lad with lots of opportunities we might not otherwise have had. Yes, I could've been sorely tempted not to turn up on the day of the areas, or bleb in more than a few conspicuous duff notes, but that's not my style and not fair on my colleagues (but it did fleetingly cross my mind...) ;)
  12. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Point well made! I might have been induced to do that once upon a time. Now I think I'd smile, bite my tongue, and then give the band secretary my full and frank opinion of the stupid jobsworth at the end.
  13. eflatbass

    eflatbass Supporting Member

    I can imagine a vindictive trombone player arriving at a contest, opening his/her instrument case, and proclaiming, "Damn; I've left my slide at home!"
  14. eflatbass

    eflatbass Supporting Member

    Oops! I didn't realise Dave had just posted. My contribution was not aimed at him .....honest!
  15. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Yeah yeah ;-)
  16. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    A mate of mine once had to be physically restrained from assaulting an MD a few days before a contest. They'd never seen eye to eye and I don't know what the final issue was.

    Suffice to say, when the two players either side of him physically dragged him from the bandroom, his resignation was taken as read!

    Certain amount of style to that one.
  17. still learnin

    still learnin Member

    I would have felt unfairly treated unless I'd managed to get one punch in before being restrained and escorted from the building (once upon a time) !! :)
  18. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    I think the member in question did feel pretty unfairly treated at the time - but now acknowledges it's probably a good thing they didn't land any....
  19. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Depends who the MD was. I can think of several who would punch back twice as hard....;)
  20. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    It wasn't Billy, if that's what you mean!!!