I don't think anyone is putting the band down but just saying that other bands wished they could have £80,000 a year to run on, and why can Fodens not manage with this amount, but I will put this to you, and I am not saying this is the case at Fodens, if travelling expences and retainers were stopped under brass band regulations throughout the country would the commitment of all players to their particular bands who pay this money still be there?????Isnt it a shame that when a band seems to be successful in managing to accumulate £80,000 through hard graft and commitment of it's players that people still manage to find it within themselves to criticise and put them down?!
No budget for beer then?Australian Euphonium said:its about 220 000 aussie dollars - :shock: thats enough to send an entire aussie band to europe for a contest, pay a full time conductor, travel to 2 contests anywhere in australia, and buy music plus pay guest conductors and principal players fees!!!!
Even modest expenses must be high as they rehearse in the middle of nowhere in comparison to most top flight bands, and people travel more miles than to, say, Huddersfield or Manchester. Their expenses (petrol money per mile) are actually lower than most bands from what I've heard.Hopefully the success will mean that the band which has been an integral part of the Sandbach village for over 104 years, will be able gain a permenant home, as it's present tenure at its venue for rehearsals comes to an end.
:wink: :wink:i'd imagine ybs, dyke, grimey, brighouse are all on similar or greater figures