Well, in our "existing" constitution, we are to promote education and the arts. Now how can we promote education and provide opportunities to learn if the first thing we say is "Go to Brisbane and spend $3000"????
Schools in the area do not have or teach brass band instruments (yet will gladly accept the use of ours when it suits them), so up and coming players only have trumpets, french horns and icky euphos.
What if you have no trombonists, but your eupho player, tuba player and horn player can all play, but do not have instruments???
It's an extra expense to the band, but at least this way we can ensure that sections are playing similar instruments.
Yea ours does, we got a lottery grant about 5 or so years ago now, mostly soverigns were bought I think.
I find it provides an extra incentive to stay with a band, we've had a few players that were going to move to another local band, but didn't in the end because it'd mean they'd have to buy their own instrument!
The problem is that when i go to uni, i'll have to find my own instrument :cry: which is sad cos i like the one im on at the mo! (trying to persuade mum to get me a prestige, need to wash the car a few more times 1st!)
Dave - ring your GP quick! The pills aren't working...... :roll:
Back on topic.....yes we do provide instruments and were lucky enough to get a lottery grant a few years ago so they're all reasonable ..if there are any Horn players out there looking for a band....(hint hint!)
Lol have fond memories of my first Northumberland Schools Concert Band residential week with Geordiecolin leading the charge in a pillow fight on the other tuba players back, honking a didgeridoo... was canny cool, clever git can circular breathe I believe