Have just read this..... http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=10243 My question is: after 14 years of atleast high four-figure sponsorship (although I would guess five-figure) that the band is now putting out an emergency shout for £3,000? What exactly has the band spent its money on in that period? I think the press release says it all: "To maintain our high standard and attract the best players, we need funds....." Isn't this that got them into this situation in the first place? Conductor's travelling long distances with extensive CVs do not come cheap, nor do the 'best players'. But, even with sponsorship, the band has not been operating at the very top level, i.e top 2-3 finishes most years in its area, not in the British Open and cannot remember it ever winning a Nationals prize, so what it is about its previous money-spending existence that make them want to continue on the same track (no pun intended)? If I was a Salisbury businessmen and the group approached me for £3000 of my hard-earned cash, I would firstly ask them what they had done with all the money they had before, and then ask what my cash be used for. It would not get a penny unless it demonstrated that it was to go to long-term planning and structuring instead of disappearing into the pockets of conductors and some players which is essentially, a short-term pursuit. I can name bands who operate at a much higher level than the mentioned group, who do so on no sponsorship at all. This is not restricted to Woodfalls: other bands, such YBS/Hammonds are a shadow of their former selves, with no building society money left in its bank account and 60+ player turnaround in the last few years, all because money was not set aside for a 'rainy day'. The Woodfalls situation could have been avoided with a few choice phrases: 1) "Sorry, we don't play players" 2) "Sorry Mr Conductor, we cannot afford you." I realise that I can expect a barrage of abuse from people saying 'you know nothing about Woodfalls'. This may be true on a personal level, but I have know what it costs to run a brass band and own a calculator. I just feel sorry for those at Woodfalls who turn up week to week and have no involvement in the financial side (and probably don't get paid), who will probably be left to pick up the pieces if the uncertain future that has been predicted materialises. 'You reap what you sow'