We all know about the term 'poaching' in regards to players - this is something we all experience from time to time. But what about poaching Musical Directors. This really winds me up. When you have a good, successful, relationship with your MD, there is always the fear about what would happen if, for whatever reason, they decided to leave the band. But how about when another band knows the MD is happy with their own band, but can afford to offer a lot more money for the MD to take them instead! And I mean a lot more money. The MD doesn't want to leave their band but when the prospect of earning quite a few thousand pounds a year more is offered to them, they have to consider it and inform their current band. This then puts the band in a very difficult position. Either they have to risk losing the MD because they can't afford to pay any more, or scrimp and scrape to increase the MD's pay. Why can't bands look for MDs that are not currently settled with a band. Why do they have to try and entice them away because they are in the fortunate position of having more money!