Ted, maybe you've defined memorials (at least for this trumpeter). We don't lift jars but do give lip service.
You don't have an unmarried Shelia friend with a whopping income , by any chance?
"A tool good enough to be so used and not too good"C.S. Lewis That Hideous Strength
I ran across a community band that practices at a community recreation center three blocks from my house. It seemed perfect,I sat in and watched their rehearsels two tuesday evenings after I got off work. Then I called the director and asked if I could join them. I was told that since I live on the other side of the street that I am not a member of their community and it is against their community rules to allow me to play in their group. My feelings were hurt then it made me mad. I can sit at home and hear them playing but I cannot join in because my house is on the wrong side of the street,aint that some stuff?
That reeks of eliteism, do you live in the same municipality, if the band receives public money then they have no right to refuse membership.
The community Orchestra I play in is 50 miles from my home and if the membership was limited to the municipality residents only they would lose 80% of the members.
If it is a privately owned/run band that hires the venue then they are free to chose their players under their own rules.
The Big Band I play in is a private band and membership is by invitation, although at times we have to advertise for members.
It's a retirement community,the band uses that communities buildings for its practices. The communities rules are that only communities members can use their facilities. The community members do pay high fees to belong so I understand but I expected to be asked to pay some sort of dues, but I just did not see it coming when he told me it wasn't going to happen anyway. But after the anger subsided I realized it is their loss and that they are the ones limited to the talent within their walls. I will be better off without those limitations in the long run. No my house is three blocks outside their community line,I am not a member and never will be. I just expected more of a brotherhood between musicians and was very dissapointed by my discovery of their elitism, as you put it.
Understood Tom, a private band. Hope you can find another more friendly one locally.
Tom, relax - there is a reason for everything - you have no idea who was watching that exchange, or even who that BD may have spoken to on your behalf - life is funny like that. The older you get the funnier it becomes, and then you just get so you can't see the march pack.
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