Join Our Band: Q & A
Attn: Due to the unavailability of The Lo-Ellen School, the Synagogue (Shaar Hashomayim at 158 John St.) has graciously allowed us to host our rehearsals at their temple during this fall semester (& possibly beyond). Our first practice is set for Thurs. Sept. 30th; at the usual 7 PM start time. We hope to see everybody back...plus some new members... But try to first contact us beforehand to let us know that you’re coming!
Q. Who can Join?
A. The No Strings Attached Community Band is always looking for new musicians to fill its ranks. Local amateur musicians from the Sudbury area who are at least of high school age, and who play (or in the past have played) a wind or percussion instrument are invited to join (high school musicians will be eligible to use their time in the band to meet their community service requirements).
Q. Are there Auditions?
A. Although a low or minimal level of competency is normally expected in order to play in the band, there are no formal auditions required in order to join. In fact, some new members may prefer to just sit and listen during their first few rehearsals prior to joining.
Q. When & Where are the Rehearsals?
A. Practices are held on Thursday evenings between 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the upper music room at Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School. The school is located on 275 Loach's Rd, just off of Regent St. (view map) [see notice above.] It is expected that members should try to attend most rehearsals (if they can't make it on a particular night, it is recommended that they at least let the conductor or their section leader know of this ahead of time).
Q. How Do I Get to the Practices?
A. Depending on where you live, you can usually hitch a ride with somebody to get to the practices (the rehearsal location is also accessible by local transit). Sometimes after concerts or practices members like to gather together at one of the local eateries for a bit of extra socializing.
Q. Is There a Membership Fee to Join?
A. There is a modest (tax-deductible) membership fee of $50 ($30 for students, $40 for seniors) to join the band. This membership fee helps to cover the costs of sheet music & insurance (Note: the band will consider waiving this fee in cases where the member must commute long distances from out-of-town to make it to practices, or in other cases of extreme financial hardship).
No Strings playing at the Sudbury Public Library, Feb. 26th 2004.
Q. Is There a Concert Dress Code?
A. The attire during concerts normally consists of black shoes & socks, black dress pants (or slacks), and a black (or dark) long-sleeved dress shirt. It is also recommended that members should try to bring their own folding metal music stands to some concerts, although often these will be provided at the concert location.
Q. Are there any other rules of "band etiquette"?
A. During rehearsals, members should attempt to watch and follow the conductor closely, and to cease talking or playing while the conductor is speaking. During breaks, members who wish to practice, should do so quietly or should go to another room. Members should also attempt to arrive on time to both rehearsals and concerts. Past members who still possess any original sheet music should attempt to hand back such music to the band.
Q. Do I Need to Own my Own Instrument?
A. Owning your own instrument would certainly help when it comes to playing in any community band! However, if you don't already own an instrument, our conductor, Sandra can provide you with advice on how to rent or purchase an instrument cheaply. You can also find affordable rates for instrument rentals in Sudbury at Long & McQuade.
Local instrument repairer and LU faculty member Allan Walsh can also provide new members with useful leads when it comes to purchasing good second-hand instruments. He can even help you whip your old instrument back into shape!
Interested in Joining?
For those who are considering joining our band, or who simply wish to find out more about the group, please contact our Conductor, Sandra McMillan at: email@example.com.
You may also, if you wish, complete our optional online form (left) if you are contemplating joining.