"MD" dress code

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by grandad, May 30, 2009.

  1. grandad

    grandad Member

    We have discussed "Walking Out" uniform for the band so what about the MD at rehearsals, concerts and contests?

    Is what the MD wears important?

    Or are they just the "Hired Help" so have no impact on the bands image?

    Any thoughts?
     
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  3. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    Every MD I've seen wears a suit to concerts and contests, though not necessarily in the band's colours.

    To rehearsals they tend to wear their casual clothes or work clothes.

    It does matter as they are seen to be leading the band by the general public, and therefore should not look like they have walked in from the street during contests and concerts. It is fine for them to wear anything in rehearsals IMHO.
     
  4. jezza23361

    jezza23361 Member

    I am far more interested in how things sound than how they look.

    Jeremy
     
  5. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    I take your point and personally I agree, but many 'fans' of the typical brass band scene don't...
     
  6. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member

    :clap::clap::clap:

    well said that man.
     
  7. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    It can be a bit off putting though if the MD is a scruffy overweight sweating and greasy chap with a comb-over and a lecherous attitude to the ladies...
    A bit of deodorant is essential for all that arm swinging. :biggrin:

    ps Not talking about you Jeremy!
     
  8. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Are you having a laugh?
     
  9. grandad

    grandad Member

    ...........well you read it!!!!!......even if you are a Bass Trom player;)

    now there's an achievement......:rolleyes:

    lots of love and smart dressing:clap:

    xxxxxxx

    Mr. G Dad
     
  10. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Undoubtedly it'll end saying that the MD shouldn't wear a suit 'cause although it looks smart and allows the MD and band to have a sense of belonging and uniformity, comfort should be better...
     
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    grandad Member


    :clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
     
  13. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Why would it end like that? By analogy with the WOJ thread?

    But stage uniform and walking-out uniform are two completely different concepts...
     
  14. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Put all the MDs in tweed or velvet jackets for walking out dress code! :rolleyes:
     
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Richard Evans' kilt doesn't seem to have done him or his various bands much harm ;)
     
  16. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Aye, he's very much an honorary Scotsman these days! Good on him for doing his own thing.
     
  17. bassendworld

    bassendworld Member

    Nice:) just as nice as the white DJ with band coloured waistband.....;)
     
  18. Di B

    Di B Member

    All MD's ought to get a mirror they can check their back in as well as their front.

    I have seen a number of MD's in poorly fitted suits for the job of conducting. If you have a beer belly do not put your tightest suit for conducting!
    Think about opening the jacket for free arm movement.
    If you jump about a bit make sure the suit has a bit of give unless you want to chance a rip that isn't from the troms!

    Thought I would just state a suit can look awful too and if you don't believe me sit through an area contest and adjudicate attire :)
     
  19. ian perks

    ian perks Active Member

    Rehearsal well it dont really matter what they wear.
    Concerts/Contests smart suit,tie etc no good going on looking like a bag of you know what!!!!!
     
  20. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    ^^so right!

    Have to mention that Otterbourne`s MD is worth observing for his very enjoyable back view. Such a firm pert bottom deserves one of these -:clap: - (He is very smart from the front too):)
     
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