Is Sunday good for you?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Chunky, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    We at Cawston currently rehearse on a Monday and Wednesday evening. Both rehearsals are well attended and a lot of work is achieved.

    However from my own perspective as Chairman I wonder how much more could be achieved by swapping the Monday to Sunday.

    I as do some other members of the band feel that people might be more fresh of mind on a Sunday evening having not been at work all day.

    I just wondered how bands that rehearse on a Sunday and another night during the week feel, ie is there more work achieved on a Sunday etc., Do you cancel Sunday nights during the summer if you have an engagement that day / weekend.

    Your thoughts as ever are appreciated.
  2. McEuphie

    McEuphie Member

    If you have a winning formula why change it!

    I have played in bands who have practiced on Sundays, mornings, afternoons and evenings and I don't think they were any different from weeknights (except Sat/sun hangovers!).

    It realy is down to commitment - do (family) members want to give up Sunday rest before a new week?

    Would you reschedule for bank holidays?

    Raise the issue at practice and possibly try it out and if it does work then lucky you.

  3. flugelgal

    flugelgal Active Member

    Actually, both the contesting bands I have played with rehearse on a Sunday. I prefer the time that we do it at Granite City - 7.45pm - as it means one can still have a full weekend and then go to band.

    Wednesday and Sunday is a good combination IMHO.

  4. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    South London
    I always used to practice sunday evening. I think as long as you keep it to early evening so that people can get home for sunday dinner, most of them will have recovered from any hangovers, and it always seemed to worked well for me. Also, not having worked all day beforehand is a definite bonus!!
  5. Keppler

    Keppler Moderator Staff Member

    Sunday mornings for us... 11:30 start..

    more to accommodate those of us who travel mad distances to get to band, and those who work shift (although it doesn't always work)

    Usually have a reasonably full rehearsal, and any unfortunate with a hang-over has his life made a misery...
  6. Dan

    Dan Member

    I used to play in a band that rehearsed on Sunday mornings which was fine at the time (I was aged between 11 and 18 ish).

    Recently our band was discussing changes rehearsal days/nights and someone suggested Sunday. I personally do not like it for various reasons.

    It restricts you on being able to go away for the weekend with anything that is not band related.

    It is no use if you have church goers in your band.

    Sunday is frequently a day for getting over hangovers and preparing things for work on Monday morning!

    It is also a family day in many households.

    Many students and younger people have weekend jobs that could prevent them from attending a rehearsal on a Sunday.

    I am sure there are lots of good reasons for Sunday rehearsal too, but those are my personal against reasons!
  7. drummergurl

    drummergurl Active Member

    the only problem i can think of for sundays is if people go to church.
  8. I'd love to rehearse on Sunday afternoons or evenings, but our MD is working with another band at that time.
  9. eckyboy

    eckyboy Member

    Cupar, Fife.
    We rehearse Thursday and Sunday evenings and nearly always get a full house on a Sunday(7-9) with no break.
    I've got used to it but miss my Sunday afternoon session in the pub(wifes happy though) :roll:
  10. EIBB_Ray

    EIBB_Ray Member

    Iowa - USA
    Part of the year (in preparation for contests) we rehearse Sunday afternon and Thursday evening, the rest of the year it's Thursday only. I don't know that there's a great deal different between the sunday and weekday evening rehearsal. I would think the one big difference for your situation would be moving to Sunday gives 2 days between for individual practice. Conversely, you now have the luxury of having the two relatively close, there's less forgetting and relearning, in your current schedule.
  11. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    West Sussex
    Just to be completely different, I think Sunday rehearsals are a terrible idea for several reasons. 1. Its a good day to slot in extra rehearsals/sectionals as you've more hours to choose from, and lots of people do other stuff apart from band in the week; 2. As most contests are on Sundays, you automatically lose a rehearsal in the week before a contest; 3. Its nice to go away for the weekend or spend time with family and friends without having to stick around for band all the time.

    Just my opinion though :wink:
  12. Moy

    Moy Active Member

    Muirton of Barras
    We rehearse on a Sunday and also use it as well as other days to do sections as well. It seems to work well for us. Check our rehearsal on the webite.
  13. James McFadyen

    James McFadyen New Member

    Fife, Scotland
    You play Bingo at Kingdom, Alec? ;) And there was me thinking that since you're in a Championship section band now, that you were being serious about banding. :) :)
  14. eckyboy

    eckyboy Member

    Cupar, Fife.
    nice one James--you posting anything now to get 1000 :wink:
  15. Flugelmahorn

    Flugelmahorn Member

    We rehearse on weekends only in the run up to contests which works well as everyone is commited to the cause. Normally we rehearse on Monday and Friday nights. The beauty of Scotland is that the licensing hours in Edinburgh mean there's still enough time to get back into town and drink until we all fall down after a friday night practice.

    I think if anyone suggested moving to a regular Sunday rehearsal they'd be laughed at.
  16. Vickitorious

    Vickitorious Active Member

    We rehearse on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, and we often get a better turn out of people on the sunday, because they aren't working shifts etc.
  17. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    Bucks/Oxon borders, UK
    We do Sundays 7-9pm too. The only hitch is that it means eating earlier than I like... However, it does give an opportunity for a "swift half" but still getting home at a reasonable time after the practice too...

    Sunday evening means you can go away for the w/e and don't have to get back too early...

    (we also do wednesdays 8-10pm..)

  18. bassinthebathroom

    bassinthebathroom Active Member

    Sunday is good for me at EYMS, as it means a slightly more relaxed journey there (i.e. not after a full day!!) It is the first band I've played for which rehearses Sundays though.
  19. drummerboy

    drummerboy Member

    Very true, and Sunday is sometimes the only day off work people get sometimes. If you're going to change it to a Sunday, then don't do it in the morning!
  20. AJSOP

    AJSOP Member

    i see sunday as being a rest day or should i say a hangover recovery day!
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