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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001656.txt from 1998/04

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Band/orchestra budgets
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 21:48:38 -0400

On Tue, 28 Apr 1998, James D. Lytthans wrote:
> My music department budget in 1965 (the year I began teaching) was about
> $1200. Reeds were 5-10 cents each, a Bundy was about $110. an average
> 4-5 minute band arrangement was $8-10 max. Now my annual budget is
> $850, with reeds $1.25 each, Bundy's $300+, and that 4-5 minute
> arrangement $40-60!! I really haven't bought a new arrangement in years.
> Finale allows me to knock off a quick (and better) arrangement in short
> order, custon tailored to my current group's instrumentation, and
> featuring pieces I (and the kidlets) like to do. I purchased Musicscan
> (?) not too long ago, and find that allows me to scan in a piano score,
> make an arrangement in no time, and print out the parts, plus produce
> practice tapes/floopies in MIDI format, too. All this w/o breaking any
> copyright laws (I hope). It's a wonder music publishers are still in
> business.

Jim -

What's really sad is that your budget has decreased instead of increased.
Administrative personnel can really change things.....

But you are right....publishers are really making money. Look at Hal
Leonard and Arrangers Publishing.....$45-60 for each 2 minute marching
band tune......and they sell more of that than anything else.

Roger Garrett

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