Saturday, October 22, 2011

President’s Newsletter No 3 – 14 October 2011

1. From the Band Management Committee meeting - 6 October 2011
Re. Band Review- Finance and Fundraising

The purpose of these President’s Newsletters is to keep the membership advised on the main matters discussed and decided at Band Management Committee meetings. This meeting dealt with Finances and Fundraising. There is a general view held within the committee that the Band needs to have revenue sufficient to meet the current expenditure needs of the Band. The Band should not simply run down the accumulated reserves.

Therefore, the CEPB has a need to generate more revenue to meet the expenditure needs of the Band.
• Fundraising - The view held by the Band Management Committee is that the best way to generate more revenue is to have more paid engagements. Suggestions to achieve this include: more active and direct promotion of the Band; direct approaches to councils, service clubs, sporting clubs and other organisation to include the band in their events; items and advertisements in newspapers like ‘The Messenger’; and establishing a facebook page to complement the website.
• Sponsorship - Another way to secure the band’s future finances is through sponsorship. Various options were discussed including a gold, silver and bronze level sponsorship deals. A discussion paper will be prepared by the President as a starting point for sponsorship discussions. You get nothing for nothing! So, we have to consider what we have to offer and what we are prepared to give in terms of appearances, etc to any potential sponsor. Some of our current supporter organisations could be approached to become a sponsor.
• Grants – opportunities for grants are very limited. We should apply for whatever and whenever we can.

2. Band Promotion Brochure

A basic draft had been prepared and distributed to committee members. This was discussed. It essentially:
• promotes the full band, mini-bands and Solo Pipers;
• promotes the special winter offer; and
• provides contact details for the band.
Some suggestions were incorporated and a more finished draft will now be produced, prior to any distribution.

3. Social Activities with other Bands

Craig Masson, in the last ‘The Piping Shrike’, challenged all Bands to get more social and to mix with each-other more. We discussed whether the current CEPB social activities, namely the mid-year social evening and the Christmas party could be opened up to visiting bands or similar. If a Band was invited to the social evening and accepted, we may have to alter the format of the night to accommodate their travel and other needs. For example, the night might start with a BBQ.
As a starting point, the Band Management Committee resolved to invite the eight Office Bearers of the SA Branch of the APBA to our Christmas Party on Sunday 11 December 2011.

4. Draft Constitution

Copies will be distributed to members soon. All members will be asked to provide an email account address to send the draft to, so as to reduce photocopying costs. Paper copies will be available upon request, for anyone without an email account.

5. Competition - Tanunda

The Pipe Band contest was held at the sports fields at Chateau Tanunda on Saturday 15th October.
The results for the CEPB were second place in both the mini-band contest and the full band contest. Some numbers and comments from the day are: 1st in piping and 2nd in drumming in F/B musical selection; 3rd(both piping and drumming) in F/B March selection; nice set of tunes; nice drone sound; a good performance from the drum corps; great tempo and march on; well controlled; sweet sound; many strong points throughout drumming. Well played with clean execution and good scores.

There are things that both the pipers and drummers need to work on to continue the band development. This work will be directed by Willie and David as P/M and D/S respectively. Well done to the four members(Nic, Claire, David and Leigh) who played in a competition for the first time and to the fifth(Aaron) who played in the full band competition for the first time. This performance sets a base-line to build on over the coming months.

Well done to everyone concerned for the effort they put into the preparation for the competition and on your efforts on the day.

Jeff Seymour

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Busy weekend.... and a new facebook page.

Hi Everyone,

It's been a busy but fun weekend with the Pipe Band contest in Tanunda on Saturday and the Kapunda Celtic festival today! New photos have been added to the website (2011 Photos) but if anyone has any other photos they'd like included either email them to or bring them in on Thursday night.

Jason's also set up a new Facebook Page for the band. Check it out and feel free to like/recommend it to your friends.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

President’s Newsletter No 2 – 22 September 2011

  1. From the Band Management Committee meeting - 8 September 2011

Re. Band Review-

  1. Confirmed that all members need to learn the competition sets, in the following priority order, over the next 12 months:

· Musical Selection to be learnt ASAP – 5 tunes;

· March set – ‘Leaving Liverpool” – 4 x 4/4 tunes

· New March Set – Major Maclennan(6/8) and Captain Norman Orr Ewing(2/4).

  1. Willie and David are to review and finalise the Band Repertoire over the coming month.
  2. The committee will look into workshops for pipers and drummers in the future.
  3. The committee will look into how we can increase the number of Band engagements, especially during the winter months – one strategy is to offer a limited number of free performances to charity groups between May and September so we can be seen out more.
  4. Jeff is to develop a promotional brochure to distribute to councils, service clubs (Lions, Rotary, Apex) and charity groups to promote the bands availability for engagement.
  5. Tuesday is confirmed as the tuition night. Willie to look at ‘exercise routine’ as part of practice to improve skills. Pairing and mentoring to be further developed. The tuition program for transition players has to be shared around. Both the pipe corp. and drum corp. have two distinct groups of players – the aim is to bridge the gap and bring everyone up to a similar/higher level.
  6. The next meeting(October) will look at Band Finances and Fundraising
  1. Uniform Audit

Thanks to everyone for their co-operation and assistance. The November Committee meeting will focus on uniform matters. Please note:

  1. We are disposing of all old uniforms. A reserve price has been placed on some items. Any member interested in buying particular items should see Nic Brown. No member should have items of old uniform at home. (eg Doublets and plaids) If you do and you want them, then they are for sale. All old uniform items should be in the hands of the Property Officer.
  2. We are going to discontinue the use of ‘diced glengarries’. All members will wear plain glengarries. Drummers will soon have their heads measured so replacement glengarries can be purchased/issued.
  3. We are looking into:

· New badges for the glengarries – all the same.

· Upgrading the dress sporrans – initially we will investigate whether the current sporrans can be remodelled in some way to improve their look- this will save a lot of money as they are essentially ‘new’.

  1. Nic/Leigh have been asked to prepare information on uniform items for the November meeting.
  1. Draft Constitution

Copies will be distributed to members in early October.

  1. Congratulations to Jason Moore

For being jointly featured in the Australian edition of the Scottish Banner. The article, headed “Scottish Youth Radio Showcase”:

  • Featured Jason and fellow presenter Allana Wares
  • Outlined the purpose of the radio program, which was to ‘showcase musical talents of Scottish, Irish and Welsh artists.
  • promoted their show on 5EBI between 5 and 6 pm on the 4th Saturday of the month; and,
  • noted that Jason was a piper in the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band.
  1. Remember – competition rehearsal- Tanunda

The Pipe Band contest is still on at the sports fields at Chateau Tanunda. The Brass Band section has been cancelled due to insufficient nominations. Thanks to David for following this through.

  • Rehearsal on Sunday 9th October - Time and location to be advised by P/M.
  • Competition on Saturday 15th October at Chateau Tanunda sports fields – times TBA.

Jeff Seymour