Happy New Year and welcome to the Winter Session!
Bands officially start this coming week, with the exception of Two Beats Ahead which started a week early to account for Easter Monday. Band lists have been sent to the band leaders, and they will communicate any additional information to you very shortly, if they have not done so already.
The ONHB Advisory Committee met this past week to review our past session and our finances and make plans for the future, including a celebration of our 10th anniversary in 2018.
Although we are now incorporated, the ONHB continues, as always, to be run by volunteers working hard on your behalf. This includes our webmaster, Jody Gomber, and our board, Brian Carr, Dave Chaplin, Leslie Scott, Steve Snell and Cathy Wilcox, who meet monthly and do much work behind the scenes. Your band fees cover the cost to engage band leaders, clinicians, rehearsal space rental, insurance required by rental venues, new music, and modest expenses to run the band efficiently (website, PayPal, part time office administrator under contract, auditor). The band leaders and clinicians offer many volunteer hours as well, for band rehearsal planning and administration, committee meetings, support to participants and community performances. Your band leaders have selected some excellent music for you and we hope you enjoy the coming session.
Thank you to those who gave feedback on our recent survey. We are always open to suggestions, and want to remind you that you can also give your ideas and opinions to your band rep or band leader. Both are members of the Advisory Committee.
If you don't have an ONHB shirt, now is the time to consider buying one, as we will place an order shortly. ONHB golf shirts or T-shirts are worn by many of our musicians at band camps, ONHB performances, and will be needed by all Ireland band musicians. Please see your band rep before the 30th of January to place an order. Payment (cheque preferred, or cash - correct change only) must be received when you place your order. Prices will be confirmed Monday (your band rep will have the latest information), but are in the range of $20 for a cotton T shirt and $35 for a polyester golf shirt. Cotton golf shirts are also available ($45-$55, depending on size).
Wishing you the joy of music, friendship and good health in 2018!
The ONHB Team