Market Lavington Museum

The costs of running a band

We have recently looked at a little diary from the 1930s, sold to boost the funds of Market Lavington Prize Silver Band. But Tuppence for the Band was obviously not enough to keep the band up and running. Our blog Band Account Book features some accounts from the 1920s, but was later used as a notebook for copying down rules on the tuning of brass instruments.

However, at Market Lavington Museum, we do also have an account book from 1947-58.

Here we are informed of some of the means of acquiring income. Some of the performances were paid for, such as playing at the Church fete and for Poppy Day. There were donations from individuals, such as the vicar, and fund raising enterprises such as a collection in the Market Place and the sale of some games.

Of course, there were expenses too. Much of the income from fetes was paid to the band members. There were other expenses connected to performing. Bus drivers had to be paid for transporting the band to places such as Avebury and Wilsford.

Some of the instruments belonged to the band and, when a new slide was needed for a trombone, that cost £3.1s. 0d. A new head for the side drum and return postage in 1958 cost £2. 6s. 6d. An apron for the drummer set the band back by £1. 2s. 10d.

The band would have had a range of music, which needed adding to from time to time, with parts for each player and a score for the bandmaster. In 1948, two marches came to 8s and six waltzes cost 6s.

More mundane costs included paying for electric light and oil for the heater (presumably in the practice room near Broadwell). There were also phone calls and postage to be paid, probably for arranging performances. A new 2 way switch cost 3s.

Prior to decimalisation in 1971, there were 12 pennies (d) in a shilling (s) and 20 shillings in a pound (£)., so 240 pennies made a pound.