Old School Band News

January 22, 2015

Are You Covered ?

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 12:18 pm

Although we are by definition a “Semi- Professional” outfit, we like to think we deal with bookings in a totally professional manner. This is not the Case with all Bands, I can’t say who was at fault, but we recently had a desperate plea from a client who claimed they were “let down” by another Band, and at very short notice !
Well, there are two sides to any story, and on the other hand, we have found that once upon a time clients, particularly those who were about to get married would book a bunch of Bands, then go see them, and choose one, sacking the others ! If you have worked in salaried employ (I did for 25 years) money comes at the end of the month no matter what.. If you are freelance it’s “no play, no pay”. This is not good if you have a mortgage and so on.
For reassurance all round, we have a list of future bookings which all Band Members have, and we regularly liaise with our Callers to make sure their diaries are up to date. I think we have sorted out rogue bookings by asking for a deposit to be paid, and sending a receipt which is a contract between Band and Client.
As I said, we are Semi Pro, but there is a lot to lose in reputation if you don’t take this Game seriously, let me assure all future clients that this Band do.
Phil

January 4, 2015

Phil’s New Year Recipe

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 6:48 pm

My dear old mother wanted me to marry a Delia Smith Type, because she looked so nice, but much later even Delia described herself as” a bit of a Bitch”, pity I didn’t know it, or I would then have fancied her !

Anyway dear reader(s), here’s the recipe for The Old School Band, ingredients are, the finest Sound System, the Best Instruments, Musicians who can play with “lift”,and of course, the best Callers (Roger anyone ?), each with a unique and individual style, all of which combines, to make a product that understands what Dancers want, and provides it in large portions.

Take to a Wedding Gig, where the clients are 100% satisfied with the booking, other eligible couples also think about booking us for their future Weddings, the Venue Manager asks us for a card, the other guests might well be organisers of events, or are having parties, anniversaries etc,so they ask us for a card, The Result is copious supply of future gigs.

At the moment we are nearly full all the way to Summer, and Autumn is looking good, as I have said August this year will be very difficult, so I can’t guarantee anything there.

So anyway, we carry on for another year with plenty of gigs to look forward too, we could just squeeze you in as well, give us a try.

Phil