As you may know November will bring tMP’s 2nd year anniversary. In this time tMP has grown from humble beginnings to where we stand today. tMP is THE place to discuss banding, with over 2500 members and web stats beyond amazement. To celebrate, we are hoping to put together the biggest event tMP has contemplated so far- the tMP Dinner Dance 2004. What exactly do we mean by ‘Dinner Dance’? Just to give you a basic idea of our first thoughts: We are hoping for: 1. A formal (Black Tie) do 2. 3 course dinner 3. Live Dance Band 4. Guest speaker 5. Awards and Presentations When would this happen? Setting the date has been the first difficult job. November is a busy time for banders and it is impossible to suit everybody. We have chosen a provisional date which does not coincide with any major competition –Saturday 6th November 2004. And Where? We need to pick a central location so are looking at hotels and venues in Birmingham. The tMP team would like to welcome aboard Ian Hayto aka WoodenFlugel to head the Ball Organising Committee. Ian, along with a number of volunteers and the tMP team will be spending the next few weeks looking into the viability of the event. In the near future Ian will be posting further announcements including approximate costs and venues. We will be then looking at people to register their interest attending. Please note this date, and the event itself is provisional. We need to ensure we have enough interest to give the event the official go-ahead. If you have any comments, suggestions, or would like to volunteer your services to help in any way please PM Ian or any members of the tMP team. So remember, note 6th November in your diaries and watch this space for further announcements! John EVENT UPDATE: Some fantastic news. We have been discussing provisional plans for the possible format and structure for the event, and we decided that one of the activites/agenda items we might include could be the presentation of the winner of the tMP Composition Competition. The excellent news is that Philip Sparke (our composition main judge) has confirmed to me that he will be present at the event (should it go ahead of course), and will both present the award to the winning composer (chosen on tMP via a poll by you) AND will officiate and will entertain us with a short pre or after dinner talk. So, though still in a provisional status, momentum for the Dinner Dance is growing, and interest is certainly there, so please support tMP here by registering your interest in actually attending the event and post details in this thread. We simply cannot do this without you. Many thanks.