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Just how much could a band with the will to win, at least 18 free weekends and players who won't mind having losing their social life, friends and family, pick upn if they entered just about every contest they could in a year?



With Fodens Richardson winning over £15,000 in 2007 at the various contests they appeared at, we wondered if you had a band full of players who didn’t mind being away just about every other weekend, and you got an invite to as many contests that were open to you as possible, just how much money could a band win?

Year long slog

Starting at Butlins in January and ending at the Scottish Open in late November we picked out as many as we could to see just how much money a band could make during 2007.

Starting at Butlins in January and ending at the Scottish Open in late November we picked out as many as we could to see just how much money a band could make during 20074BR


The problem of course is that you would still have to pay the conductor, bus, accommodation and expenses (including divorce fees, child maintainance after the missus will no doubt leave you!) out of it all—so would it be worthwhile, given that it costs around £25,000 a year to run a top class band?

These are the contests that could be won: (we may even have missed one or two possible venues out as we didn’t know the prize money at some—and it would give the band a chance to practice!)

The contests and the prize money:

1. Butlins — £6,000
2. Brass at the Guild — £700
3. Yeovil — £2,000
4. Porthcawl Miners — £1,000
5. Regionals Championship — £200
6. Tameside — £600
7. Europeans — £1,700
8. Grand Shield — £800
9. Masters — £4,000
10. Whit Friday
a) Tameside — £4,800 + £2,500 = £7,300
b) Saddleworth — £6,850 + £2,500 = £9,350
11. English Nationals — £5,000
12. Land O’ Burns — £2,500
13. Brass in the Park — £1,300
14. British Open — £3,000
15. National Finals — £2,500
16. Pontins — £2,500
17. Brass in Concert — £4,000
18. Scottish Open — £3,000

Grand Total + complete exhaustion = £58,450!

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