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Old 10-14-2006, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Paying Dues to Play in a Band

My grade 3 band is presently looking at the idea of having each player pay yearly dues to belong to the band. I am aware that this is a common practice with grade 1 bands - is this something that is happening in the lower grades as well? Please let me know your situation.

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Old 10-14-2006, 06:06 PM   #2
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As band manager I bring in enough gigs to fully support the bands needs. So no dues for us.
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:14 PM   #3
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We get that "other bands pay dues and you might have to, also" held over our heads quite often, if nobody steps forward to volunteer for something, but so far we take in enough from gigs and stuff to cover everything.

'Course, we are only grade III and IV
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:33 PM   #4
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We make enough from jobs to pay our way too. I think, at our level - Gr 5, players would leave if they had to pay dues.
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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We don't have dues either. As Pipey says,"We don't pay to play".
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Old 10-14-2006, 06:58 PM   #6
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We jsut started paying dues and I'm all for it. The other I played in also had yearly dues. I'm for it. A few bucks from a bunch of people adds up pretty quick.
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Old 10-14-2006, 07:04 PM   #7
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We don't do many gigs at all - I also play in a street band that is more than self-supporting. This idea has its merits in terms of the line of thinking that if you pay, you're more liklely to show up and do your practicing (rather than run the risk of being cut); however, for those of us that show up to pretty much everthing (practices included), it really seems like a bit much. This would cost me $600 each year for my daughter and I.

I have not made my mind up either way yet - I'm really trying to do a bit of a sanity check prior to what may be either a rather loud or non-attended AGM. All responses are appreciated.

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Old 10-14-2006, 07:55 PM   #8
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When I play with a band here in Winnipeg we once payed $500 in band fees and we were a grade 3 band. We still had plenty of gigs and did the odd fundraiser, but we started the band right from the ground. We needed the money to buy drums, Kilts, banners ect...

If thats not the same case with you guys, then I would suggest to you, is fundraise like crazy. If everyone can raise at least $200 then I don't see why you would need to pay band fees...

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Old 10-14-2006, 07:56 PM   #9
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I have to pay $200 a year.... it sucks to be honest, but it is a police band and that makes it okay... I guess. I think gigs should pay for the band. There should be no dues at all. Being that I tune the band and don't really get lessons from the band, I really feel it is a donation to the band. I would like to see gigs pay for the bands instruction though.
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Old 10-14-2006, 09:50 PM   #10
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Both bands I play for we have to pay, One is 150.00 a year


Forgot to say they make enough from jobs too but still have to pay.
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