With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to think about your BYBA membership for 2018. I’m pleased to say that we have managed to hold the fees at 2016 levels while at the same time adding to the range of member benefits.
Outdoor Regional Summer Season
In partnership with our regional show organisers, we’ll be offering four exciting regional shows. We’ll be responding to your feedback and enhancing our judges development for both existing and new judges, and being proactive in bringing the latter to the field when the time is right in their progress. Although you can enter regional shows and be judged without being a BYBA member, you must be in membership to qualify for the national league which decides the performance order for …..
On 6 October 2018 we intend to return to the magnificent Worcester Warriors stadium which was such a hit this year. We’ve listened to your feedback and will make some improvements to the experience – more on that after Christmas. You must be in membership to take part in National Championships.
Individuals and Ensembles Contest
Following November’s successful event delivered in partnership with Liberty Drum Corps, we expect places to be in high demand in 2018. So we’ll be offering priority entry to youngsters in BYBA-registered bands, and also a lower entry fee compared with the fee for non-member bands. If you have several entrants, this alone could justify your membership fee!
*New* Instructor and Bandmaster Training
Brand new for 2018, we’ll be offering at least two opportunities for new instructors, designers and bandmasters to receive training – so-called ‘train the trainer’. Benefiting from experienced trainers, your staff and volunteers can learn the basics of effective visual and musical design, planning and running musical and visual rehearsals, and the fundamentals of running a band. Members will receive preferential rates and priority booking.
Your Say on BYBA’s Direction and Competition Rules
As usual, we’ll be giving you plenty of opportunity to have your say at the AGM and the National Performance Conference. Only members with voting rights can have their say on constitutional proposals and changes to rules, so make sure you renew yours in time for the AGM.
We’ll continue to offer the opportunity for regional meetings and our Facebook groups provide a great forum for exchanging views, with some restricted to members only. And we’ll work harder to provide opportunities for newer members to learn from experienced bands, and for the young members to catch up with one another at contests and other events. We’ll be re-thinking the youth council to ensure the youth voice is heard loud and clear.
Midlands Showcase and Northern Preview are great opportunities to perform in front of a friendly and supportive audience. BYBA supports both events, so being a member means you’ll be first on the invitation list.
BYBA’s formal mentoring system is underused, so if you think you could benefit then contact us and we’ll link you up with a suitable mentor. This benefit is only available to BYBA member bands.
As a BYBA member you also get to contribute to our web resources, including factsheets and case studies, to help you build stronger and more resilient bands. And you’ll be the first to benefit from initiatives such as research and knowledge-sharing.
Awards and Funding
Why not recognise the important people in banding in your area by nominating someone to be received into the BYBA Fellowship? Or to receive the President’s Award, or the Terry Kemp Award for someone who deserves special recognition? And the Dalton Wright Bursary Fund is available to provide financial support for musically-based projects or for members who wish to follow a musical career.
With all this on offer, why delay? There are four great value membership categories:
Bands and corps £40
Regional show organisers £25
Individuals (with full voting rights) £25
Affiliates (no voting rights) £1 (or a donation of your choice_
Once your payment has been received, I’ll contact you to make sure we have the most appropriate and up-to-date contact details for regular communications. You’ll also be able to nominate two people to join the BYBA Bandmasters and Corps Directors’ Facebook group.
Don’t forget to fill in your member registration form and your image and video consent form. You can also get ahead of the game and give us content for the National Championships programme – to make sure that everyone knows about you and your 2018 performance.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you have a very merry Christmas, and that the New Year brings you a fun and successful year in banding.
Acting Membership Secretary