Following the Branch meeting on 25th September, there were a number of decisions which are worthy of highlighting for the benefit of those band who were not represented at the meeting.
* For the 2017 season, we will be moving forward with on-line entries for all Branch contests with the exception of the Indoors, and also payment of annual Branch/Education fees. It is hoped this will be up and running before the next Branch meeting on 30th October 2016.
* Our Branch Music Board representatives have asked for specific feedback on the playing criteria for Grade 3 bands as the World's. In order to garner this opinion, an email will be sent to the secretary of each of the Grade 3 bands in the Branch.
* The date of the Branch Indoor event has been confirmed as Saturday 1st April 2017. As per last year it will be mini-bands for Grade 4 & 3, and full band for Novice, Juvenile, Grade 2 and Grade 1. The winner of the adult solo drumming event will again qualify for the semi-final of the World Solo Drumming in 2017.
* Information on the AGM and the associated forms will be stored on the website and an email link to this will be sent to all band secretaries. If you have had a change of secretary, please let us know so that the information is sent to the right person. The onus is on the band to make the Branch Secretary aware of any changes. As per the above decision, we would remind all bands that they need to pay their annual fees on-line. Remember the discounted fee will apply up until the start of the AGM, and the higher fee will be payable after that point.
As you can see from the above points, there are important decision taken at these meetings which directly affect all bands and drive the direction of the Branch. It is therefore key that bands are represented so that your views are taken in to account. No point in complaining if you don't like something when you won't spend the time to get involved in making the decision.
Branch meetings are generally on the last Sunday of the month at 6pm and last no more than 90 minutes. The AGM is scheduled for Sunday 27th November 2016 at 3pm.