Banc Holiday Club night is a friendship, a collaborative partnership and a business all in one It’s a complex arrangement of people and everyone has a voice and an opinion in its creation and outcome. In order to facilitate the ability to make the endeavor a positive and balanced source of pride and entertainment we need direction and rules to insure that there is both decorum and room for a creative and positive flow.
1. Come Prepared and Practiced
Banc Holiday players will know and be able to play the songs for its sets and we will set them out on the website. New Materials will be circulated on the Banc Holiday chat and there will be a course of action to learn or not learn new songs with a cutoff of Sunday of the preceding Tuesday. The songs for the sets will be set out on the website. There will be room and time to discuss the sets and songs ahead of time, but the cutoff is Sunday preceding the Tuesday performance date. Know your materials before Tuesday.
For other players visiting, there will be a separate set for them if approved and they may also participate at the end of the evening in the Jam Session, time and performers permitting. First-time Participants must complete a short personal information profile form on-line or at the venue at Bargain Village. Participants are expected to comply with rules of the event and with the instructions of member of Banc Holiday band. Complete entry for in format one week ahead—follow the directions on the Banc Holiday website:
No more than three acts will be proposed for one evening (minimum of 1 and maximum of 3). They will be notified no later than the preceding Sunday to a Tuesday night event and must have most of their own equipment or arrangements can be made to facilitate. Acts will be chosen by the Banc Holiday Talent Committee and need to be ready to play in a separate set and perhaps form part of the jam part of the evening. Specific songs and materials to be precleared but up to the payers for content. Participants should familiarize themselves with the set list of songs and keys, which are posted on the website. If a visiting player wants accompaniment and requests a special song which is not on the list, the participant should inform the band by DM or email at least 3 days before the particular event date which they will be attending.
Participants must sign a waiver of liability for their instrument damage declaration. Banc Holiday or Bargain Village will not be responsible for and damage to equipment brought to play at the Jam. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which will not disrupt the event and therefore should direct any complaints or issues to members of Banc Holiday. Banc Holiday reserves the right to limit or ban content, lyrics or play if it in their opinion violates the ethical constructs of good taste and decorum as they in they see fit or declare.
Respect people and property—no horseplay, no playing other people’s instruments or equipment, be responsible for your actions and respect the property and facilities. Care for your instrument, equipment and those of fellow players. If its not yours leave it alone, if it is yours take care of it.If you don’t know your role, ask.
3. Everyone needs to Help
It is the epitome of a team effort, that means carrying and loading, listening and learning to help with play and set up. If you are a musician or a sound engineer or just helping, pitch in no one is a virtuoso and unable to lend a helpful hand. Contribute to the joint effort and find a way to contribute. Everyone should feel that they can hand and be free to contribute their actions and suggestions to the satisfaction and betterment of the event
4. Be on Time and be Prepared
Be prepared and on time—there is no such thing as “Bajan Time” be professional your lateness is considerate to others and be prepared to play the songs on the list that week. Set up your own instruments and be responsible for your connections, cords, lyrics, and mike needs. No one is here to take care of you but yourself –be considerate. Accept responsibility for yourself, your actions and your learning. Be respectful of each other’s time. Don’t be the one to hold everyone up—we are all making sacrifices of time and others. If you cant make it ahead of time circulate notice on the banks website, you are not only responsible for your time but that of others.
5. Plan in advance
Your schedule impacts everyone and the website and chats are designed to insure that communication of not only attendance but other aspects of equipment, instruments and important aspects are known to all. No one is an island in themselves and selfishness in not communicating inabilities per scheduled rehearsals and gigs ahead of time is considered unacceptable conduct. Use the social media and simply call if you cant attend or are late. This will allow for substitutions of players and equipment, Again Sunday is an absolute cutoff for attendance on Tuesday—communicate or don’t be involved! This reflects badly on everyone involved –think of others.
6. Communicate the Artform and the Feel to Others in a Positive Manner
Interpretation of music is deeply personal and interwoven with the fabric of a band and communal effort requires communication. Everyone has a voice, players and non-players. Everyone is free to express their view of a song or a performance and encourage to use the website chat and interpersonal dynamics to express this. It’s a team effort and its difficult to step outside yourself and be responsive to other comments or views. Yet, without them we cannot grow and improve. This goes for music, dress and all related style points. Share and be willing to accept comments and criticism, in a positive manner, everyone benefits its all about the details. Be open and transparent if there are problems of any nature be they creative or financial be willing to share we cannot do this without you and we are there to help and make it happen. Try and reflect on comments and performance and learn from them, don’t pout or sabotage the rest of the performers—we can all learn and the process continues for all players.
7. Rehearse and Manage your Stage Performance
You are a performer and this requires creating a communal flow of music for others so rehearse and manage the performance. Acknowledge your audience and every single person who is a part of it. Work on your groove and the way you show it and give it all back to your audience that has to sit through it as well your fellow players who have to live and hear it. No excuse for not doing so and its all about the effort you put into it that gets the result. You cannot come to a Tuesday night unprepared or without testing your equipment. Its not just unprofessional its extremely selfish as it affects others, enhance and embolden yourself and your audience read the song list, learn in advance the songs. Rehearse and manage your performance ahead of time—be prepared for the unexpected.
Stay on Task and work as a team, no one is an island unless performing solo –be in touch and work together. Do your best–Be respectful to others and play in time when required and quite when need be. Pick up after yourself, pay attention and work hard. Teamwork and excellence! Be positive and help others. Pay attention follow directions it’s a all about the team effort. It’s important to remember that it’s not all about you; it’s about the song, and those you are sharing it with. Keeping that in mind actually helps take the pressure off of me and makes me feel better on stage, and I recommend it to anybody who is having stage fright
8. Promote the Event
Bring your friends and family and help promote the evening and all aspects!
9. Reflect and Have Fun
Have fun above all—none of us are getting paid and we all do this for the love of our craft and never forget that. Building a relationship as friends places importance on the art rather than the business side of things and keeps things in perspective. Also, the more you know each other, the more you can read each other and mend mistakes on the fly during a performance!
Don’t lose sight of that passion and the reason you are there, and enjoy your fellow players and share the moment. It’s a great and enjoyable pursuit that is only made better by being able to have others to work with and enjoy it.