What is he doing to the band?!?!

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by trumpet blower88, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. rwingman

    rwingman New Friend

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    Bandman,

    Orlando is one of the least expensive destinations in the country to visit. Try plannning a trip to New York city or Chicago and see how much the cost goes up. I have a lot of friends in the student travel business down here in Florida and it is amazing how much the costs vary from destinations assuming you have the same amount of days, etc. Also, the more people you have does not make a trip cheaper, everyone still gets their money. Most vendors have a pre-set group discount rate which applies to groups of 20 or more.

    As far as the band fees being high($500), we have no idea what their operating budget is. Also, he said that they do BOA and all of these other big events. To compete on this level most schools hire top quality arrangers, show writers, and have an entire staff much like the top drum corps and these people ain't cheap! When I did the BOA regionals and nationals our show cost about 25k to produce when considering the above plus props, flags, costumes, etc.
     
  2. bandman

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    Point well taken, but remember that I've been in this business for almost 30 years. I've done Midwest staying at the Palmer House and at the Blackstone. I've done Washington, DC staying at the Hilton in Landover. We even did NEw York City staying at the Waldorff. For years I was one of those guys who would write the music and the drill and bring in a staff to teach it to your band -- I made more money teaching other people's band than teaching my own! I understand well the costs involved with running a first class band program.

    I just think that in SOME cases the band fees are getting out of sight. Remember -- he said that all the travel expenses were above the $500 band fee. If you have a 200 member band you have $100K to work with during the year. If you spend $25K on your show production, where do you spend the other $75K?
     

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