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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001668.txt from 1998/04

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Attracting Wind Ensemble Audiences
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 05:53:14 -0400

At 04:56 PM 4/27/98 -0700, Gary Van Cott wrote:
>I wonder about the impact of charging admission.
>For the community college concert band I am in, admission is $5. We
>generally have about 75-100 people at the concerts (probably not too bad
>for a Tuesday night).
>The Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of professional musicians and
>sounds great. They usually have their concerts on Sunday afternoons and
>charge $10 ($8 for students and seniors). Attendance is around 200-250 and
>much of the audience is seniors.
>I just heard a radio announcement for my clarinet quartet concert this
>coming Sunday (during the news!?!). We will consider it some kind of moral
>victory if we have more than 25 people there. It is free.
I think we've all been missing the answer: the more you charge, the more
people show up. Our ticket prices have been TOO LOW! I'm going to inform
our board of directors right away! :-)

Bill Hausmann
451 Old Orchard Drive
Essexville, MI 48732
ICQ UIN 4862265

If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is too loud.

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