Setting up a Training Band

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by tubafran, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    We are considering setting up a training band and we have already posted a thread seeking interested persons to take on this new and exciting enterprise. We have sufficient instruments spare or already with leaners and we have come up with the following draft of tasks which we think will be needed to get this running.
    Killamarsh Training Band

    • Get list of available instruments drawn up
    • Find out what instruments are currently issued to learners
    • Arrange for all instruments to be inspected and service/repaired to bring up to an acceptable standard
    • Check all include mouthpiece
    • Record state of instruments for any potential damage claims
    • Set up some rules on what can and cannot be done with the instruments e.g. cleaning etc to minimise any potential damage.
    • Locate conductor/trainer
    • Contact all local schools to assess interest
    • Consider Child Protection Policy needs e.g. Criminal Record Checks
    • Set up formal constitution, committee, bank account etc
    • Seek grant funding
    • Publicise set-up in local papers
    • Arrange rehearsal day/s and times
    • Purchase training band music
    • Get main band players to help out to start with
    • Get interested parents involved in running band and fund raising
    • Agree fee for membership
    • Plan performances of training band in main band concerts etc
    If you have already set up a training band it would be great to hear of any potential pitfalls or actions that we need to do and haven't considered in the above list.
  2. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    pm or email me for more details if you like cheers shaz
  3. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    Get a nice conductor that isnt evil :D
  4. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    develop a liason or a working relationship between band and school (especially the music teachers!!). They can keep on advertising you to students, and encourage or motivate students.
  5. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    Hmm more likely they'll just annoy them bout it untill they go thats what my music teacher did cept it was a school band so kinda difrent.Im only joking realy.
  6. Despot

    Despot Member

    Be aware that can backfire if teachers take too much interest, especially if they have their own band/ensemble/orchestra. Being at band practise and then being hastled in school to comes in extra nights and skip classes to attend rehersals can drive them away.

    But not always! On the whole, it is an advantage to have schools on your side.
  7. Despot

    Despot Member

    If you can get a small group from the band to go into schools to play for the children and show them the instruments, you'll gett a much better response than just asking the schools or putting adverts in the local paper alone.

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