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Old 17-06-09, 11:28 AM   #1
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Now, just so's everyone knows, I'm not interested in starting a new band, I'm just wondering about this out loud...

If I so desired, how do you think you could go about starting a brand new pipe band from scratch?

I can see, so far, the logistics of recruiting people, or tutoring learners etc etc...I was kind of involved in getting the numbers up in my old band from about 5 to about 25.
So, on the whole, not too tricky - just a bit of effort and tenatiousness (sp?) req'd.

But that was a band that already had kit. So how would one go about getting kit for a band?
Sponsership's the only way I can think of, since fundraising without kit might be tricky; but so might sponsership be unless you've got some big names in your band!!
How about busking for a few months to get money together to allow you to buy kit to allow you to go fundraising...etc etc?
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Here in Canada you can apply for grants that will help get a band off the ground. In fact was part of one myself until their practice schedule conflicted with work. Two grade one pipers and a bunch of other pipers from all walks of piping a couple drummers and off you go. The first season they competed in black slacks and white tops as there was no money for kilts etc. Since then they've received grant money and have kitted themselves out.
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Old 17-06-09, 01:37 PM   #3
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In the mid-90's I helped start a band in Michigan. The founding members had a long talk with each other and our spouses.

One couple, husband and wife, both pipers, made arrangements to get pay the up-front cost of buying minimum kit for the band - kilt, sporrans, waistbelts, glens and matching badges. Some of us who were in the position to do so paid for our kit to relieve the burden as much as we could. I still wear mine from time to time.

I fronted the cost of the drums. Walked into the music store with a very empty MasterCard, said "I'd like to know the price of a Premier HTS200 snare drum please." The clerk looked it up, said "Wow, those are pretty expensive..." he got the owner to approve a price - I said "That would be great. I'd like three."

We used some "rudimental tenors" I pulled from a school's dust bin and refurbished for our tenors the first two years - then we were able to buy some matching tenors.

First three years we split the money from every band performance - half went into the band's bank account, half went to pay down what was owed for uniforms and drums. By the end of the third year of the band's existance, and second year competing, everyone was paid-off.
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i have a friend who is doing this just now. he's starting a band from scratch. The way he's doing it is getting the members that can play to play galadays etc in their own uniform. This allows them to get the money in from the gigs and save up to eventually buy their own stuff. I think it also helps that he is a pipe band supplier... so he knows where to get stuff from cheap.

but there are grants that youc an apply for here too!
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We're doing this right now. What's worked well for us is that we've been helped a great deal by another band in terms of drums and fund raising ideas.

The most important thing for us is to play properly - most of the members have never played any musical instrument let alone the pipes. We all started out as beginners up to 1.5 yrs ago (except 1 five year player) and we're up to 16 and still growing. We've got a few donations that came out of thin air, T-shirt sales and a fund raiser at a local pub last month.
Just starting to get uniforms put together - it'll probably take a few years but so will the playing - We're in no hurry
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Great ideas.

I have no plans of starting a new band. I just love to think about designing a new uniform for an imaginary band. Selecting tartans, colours, drums etc. It's one of those "in a perfect world and money is no object" scenarios. And if I could draft a few select pipers and drummers that would be great as well.
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Great ideas.

I have no plans of starting a new band. I just love to think about designing a new uniform for an imaginary band. Selecting tartans, colours, drums etc. It's one of those "in a perfect world and money is no object" scenarios. And if I could draft a few select pipers and drummers that would be great as well.
yeah macfire and I used to do that. we came up with a black and hot pink erskine tartan...black shirts, black vests, hot pink ties...black hose, hot pink flashes...
hot pink on top of the glen

I think it would look sharp. then Slayer came out with their crest...and I guess they were thinking along the same lines haha.
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Hehehehe! I was going to ask this!
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First thing I'd do would be to sort the funding. So far I've not had any success but every week I apply for lottery funding. As I can't be bothered with the paperwork involved I just have to pay my pound! With a lucky dip I don't have any parerwork to do!
The band would be democtatic - one man, one vote. I'd be "the man" and have "the vote"!
Ideally I'd fund the band to pay the players a living wage, get them full time and get performing for cash to keep it going on.
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One of the bands I play with started this way. Everyone supplies there own kit. We all bought matching shirts, but we wear any tartan. Most of us play with other bands, so a few people have permission to use their other bands kilt.
The only things the band actually owns are Pipe Chanters and sporrans.
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