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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    I was going to ask you what your experiences have been, to get some info about what other bands have done well, or done poorly, so we can avoid going down the wrong path. But it doesn't really seem like you're up for constructive conversations. I hope you find a band that offers you what you're...
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    I found the threads for Symphonix but all the links to the page are dead, and Google doesn't bring up anything relevant. And Teamer is very much directed at sports groups. I've looked at other programs like that, but it's not really ideal for bands.
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    Hmm, when I try to add more than 15 per group, I get a message telling me it's not possible. Are you sure you're using the free version? Or have you only got 1 group?
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    I grew up playing in the brass band, school concert band, school jazz band, took piano lessons, did dance lessons, played netball, and still did really well in school, so it frustrates me SO MUCH when our members kinda shrug and explain low numbers by saying that kids are too busy these days. I...
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    That would be nice, but the jobs I'm talking about are all currently part of the secretary's role description, and it's an uphill battle getting other committee/band members to take on much at all. I'd rather get our info up to date, and systems in place, so if/when I hand it over it's far less...
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    Thanks Alix - I've heard of Muzodo, but not the other two. I'll check them out.
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    4th Cornet - can I ask, do you play any role in the management of your band? Or have you had issues with the way your band is managed, or with a band you were in in the past? It certainly sounds that way.
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    I had a look at Muzodo, but I thought it only allows you to keep track of 15 members.
  9. J

    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    I really don't see the issue with keeping track of attendance. It's not intrusive on the rehearsal (I stand back and note who's there at the break, no one is even aware that I'm doing it). There is plenty of discussion among members and support given so it's certainly not in lieu of a personal...
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    Sounds like the schools and teachers in your area are quite supportive of your youth brass band. Some of the schools around here have fantastic music programs, but there is a belief in our band that schools and music teachers actively discourage students to play with community bands or, at the...
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    Band secretaries - what tools/programs do you use?

    Hi I'm not sure if this is the right section to post this in, but not sure where else to put it. I'm band secretary at my band, and find it can be a very demanding job at times - maybe it's just at my band, or maybe I'm a control freak and want to make sure that things get done on time, but...
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    Wow! Some really great points to think about. In this grant application I'm writing, I'll certainly include money for music - we did just get a grant to buy music for the youth band, but if we want this to have legs and really build into something, we do need a decent library of contemporary...
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    Thanks, Jack that's a really interesting point, and might also help our funding application, if we can put in a system where young people are both learning (absolute beginners) and developing teaching skills as they progress with the band. As I understand it, the group we have in our learner...
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    Thanks. We're definitely going to have to get senior members involved more to give some tuition. I remember when I started, whenever someone was having trouble with their part and the conductor didn't want to stop the whole group to keep going over one part over and over, the people on that part...
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    How to attract kids to brass bands? Particularly girls?

    Hi We're trying to build up our learner/development band again after it fell away to nothing. We've got a few kids coming along regularly, but we really need a plan in place to grow it a lot more. We're also about to apply for a funding grant and need to come up with an implementation plan...
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    Hi from Qld

    Hi Cornet player from Nth Qld here, and I've also taken on the (sometimes overwhelming) job of band secretary. Keen to see how other bands are doing things and have a look around. Jen
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